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Dance, art and craft to light up Konark

- Cost of passes for this year’s fest to go up

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 12: Dance will be just one dazzling feature of the Konark Festival this year.

Besides Odissi, Kathak, Bharatnatyam and other dance forms, the festival will feature sand art and an art exhibition. Handicrafts and handloom products will also be sold at the fest.

Odisha Tourism today announced that the 23rd edition of the Konark Festival would be held from December 1 to 5.

The dance festival that has the Konark temple in the backdrop will showcase 10 highly acclaimed artistes. From Kuchipudi dancer Guru Raja Radha Reddy to Bharatnatyam dancer and choreographer Mallika Sarabhai, many will be performing at the festival. Mohiniattam by Bharati Shivaji from New Delhi, Calcutta-based Kathak dancer Malabika Mitra and Sattriya artiste Anita Sharma from Guwahati will also present their recitals.

Every day, an Odissi performance will be staged. Veteran Odissi exponent Madhavi Mudgal will perform on the opening day followed by Meera Das from Cuttack, Kasturi Patnaik from New Delhi, Surupa Sen from Nrutyagram Bangalore on consecutive evenings and Odissi Research Centre’s group performance on the concluding night.

As in the past two years, painter Baladev Moharatha will give an artistic account of the dance performances near the stage.

The price of entry passes has been increased this year, tourism officials said. “The pass for five days was Rs 200. It will now cost Rs 400. The main gallery pass has been raised from Rs 50 to Rs 100 and the side gallery pass that was Rs 10 last year costs Rs 15 now,” said an official.

“The budget for the festival is Rs 38 lakh,” he said.

Another major attraction of the Konark Festival will be the second annual edition of the International Sand Art festival that will be held at the Chandrabhaga beach of Konark. Ten sand sculptors will take part in the exhibition. However, the sand artists will not be competing at a national-level event to be organised at the venue. Instead, those from Maharashtra and Odisha will compete.

Sand sculptor Sudarshan Patnaik has been named the brand ambassador for the event.