Odisha Tourism calls off Konark and International Sand Art Festival 2021

The Tourism Board issues a cancellation statement in the interest of public in light of Cyclonic Storm Jawad

In view of the reports of India Meteorological Department and advisories issued by Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha on Deep Depression over southeast Bay of Bengal turning into Cyclonic Storm Jawad and reaching the coasts of Odisha, and in public interest, the Konark Festival 2021 and International Sand Art Festival 2021 being held on Chandrabhaga Beach in Konark, Puri are being called off with immediate effect.

"In view of impending cyclone in the Bay of Bengal and Puri District is likely to be affected as per IMD prediction, the Konark Festival and International Sand Festival scheduled till December 5, 2021 is hereby cancelled wef December 3, 2021 afternoon in the interest of public," the statement said.

Konark Festival 2021 was inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Konark on Wednesday. This year 100 artisans were participating in the event which included artists from Odisha and nine other Indian states including Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, West Bengal, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. 

The five-day Indian classical dance extravaganza, Konark Festival is organised every year between December 1 and December 5 since 1986 at the open-air auditorium with the backdrop of the iconic Konark Sun Temple. The festival serves as a platform for renowned classical dancers in India to showcase India's cultural depth through various dance forms including Odissi, Kathak, Satriya, Mohiniyattam, Bharatanatyam, and Kuchipudi among others.

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