It seems like there’s a lot happening around the sand art in Odisha right now.
Leveraging the growing popularity of sand art, the Odisha government is planning to set up a Sand Art Park in Puri to promote tourism. In a high-level meeting held today, it the government will provide tourism department with 2-3 acre land free of premium for the proposed sand art park.
Objective of the Sand Art Park
The sand art park will be designed to promote the sand art in Odisha and nurture the budding talent. Besides, the project will help attract tourists to the beach town. The department has been advised to rope in the renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik for the project implementation.
Dreaming with Sand in Sundance Film Festival
“Dreaming With Sand”, a documentary film based on the life of world-renowned sand artist Padma Shree Sudarsan Pattnik has made an official entry into the Sundance Film Festival, one of the largest independent film festivals taking place in Utah, USA.
Made by Raj Sampad, an independent filmmaker in Bhubaneswar, the docufiction (documentary + fiction) depicts the sand artist’s real life story and shares his journey as a sand artist.