The 9th Edition of the International Sand Art Festival Begins in Odisha with Necessary COVID-19 Precautions

The 9th edition of the International Sand Art Festival has begun in Odisha at the Chandrabhaga Beach!

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December 2, 2020

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The 2020 version of the International Sand Art Festival recently began in Odisha, India. The festival that showcases the immense talent of the sand-artists is taking place at the Chandrabhaga Beach in Odisha this year. Although the event has been organised amidst the prevalence of the coronavirus infection, the necessary precautions have been put in place for the safety of everyone who will be attending it.

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The event will witness several stunning samples of sand art by skilful artists from the country this year which the audience will be able to enjoy and cherish. A total of around 70 artists are set to be participating and presenting their skills through the art in this year’s International Sand Art Festival in Odisha. While the event has witnessed a variety of international participants from various other countries, this year no international contestants will be participating in the event.

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The theme of the event this year is around the awareness of COVID-19. The participants have showcased their talent by sculpting out stunning pieces of art in the sand at the event already which the audiences have been enjoying in this beautiful event at the Chandrabhaga Beach in Odisha. The event has also been organised while keeping in mind the necessary protocols and precautionary measures for the safety of the participants and visitors. Officials & safety measures are present at the event to ensure a safe experience for everyone attending.

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One of the sand artists at the event, Sudarsan Pattnaik, spoke about how this is the 9th year of the International Sand Art Festival in the state. He also acknowledged how the world is still fighting the deadly infection. Sudarsan also thanked the Odisha Tourism for safely organising the event this year despite the pandemic.

He also added that it is sad that the talented foreign artists who participate in the event every year were not able to make it this time due to the constraints of the pandemic. Sudarsan stated that numerous artists from all over the country participate in the event each year and how it is a platform for them to showcase their skills. The artist also expressed how joyful it is for the sand artists that the event did take place this year without fail.

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