Odisha is the land of fair and festivals; here many types of religious festivals of Hindu culture are celebrated along with that many other festivals such as beach festivals, tribal festival and sand art festival etc are celebrated by peoples of Odisha. From 1st December to 5th December at Konark in the state Odisha, India the great Odisha sand art festival is celebrated. Thousands of marvelous sand artists from various countries such as Mexico, Spain, Singapore, France, Norway, Germany, Netherland & USA etc are participating in this festival. Konark is a world famous tourist destination popularly known for the Sun Temple pin pointed here, to visit this ancient temple and to explore the beautiful stone art and great architecture of this temple tourist from all over the world coming to Konark. To increase the tourist flow and to provide more pleasure to visitors the sand art festival is organized.
Odisha is a costal state here 500 km of long coastline is present in which puts many beautiful sea beaches. The sandy beaches of Odisha especially Puri beach and Konark beach are very suitable for sand art, many beautiful sand sculpture are made by sand artists of Odisha in different beaches. The Golden Sand Art Institute of Odisha is an institute in which thousands of students learning to create sand sculptures.
Sudarsan Pattnaik is an award winning sand artist of Odisha. He was awarded by the Padma Shri by Government of India in the year 2014 for his great sand sculptures. He represents India in 50 international Sand Sculpture championships also he won 27 championship prizes from different countries around the globe for the India. He is a great talent of Odisha, India who create a unique identification of Odisha.
Thousands of tourists from different parts of the country are coming to visit Konark only to enjoy the sand art festival of Odisha. Also the foreign tourist those come to explore Sun Temple Odisha they also love to join the sand art festival of Odisha. The beautiful arts and sculptures are looks wonderful and watching the artists creating these sand sculptures are amazing feeling.