PHOTOS: Five-day Konark festival begins with Odissi, Kathak traditional dance performances

Five-day long annual Konark Festival, in the backdrop of the Sun Temple and International Sand Art Festival at Chandrabhaga beach, started in Konark on Sunday. The festival began with classical dances like Odissi and Kathak after Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal lightened the lamp. While songs like Vande Suryam and Vande Mataram were played, dance performances including Thal Roopa, Kalia Mardan and Thal Teental were performed during the first day of the event. This year, the theme of the festival is based on eco-tourism, culture, Fairs, women empowerment, and no to plastic and heritage.

Updated On Dec 02, 2019 03:56 PM IST
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Artists perform during the Konark Festival celebration, in the backdrop of the Sun Temple, in Konark on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 02, 2019 03:56 PM IST

Artists perform during the Konark Festival celebration, in the backdrop of the Sun Temple, in Konark on Sunday. (ANI)

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Artists perform during the Konark Festival celebration, in the backdrop of the Sun Temple, in Konark on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 02, 2019 03:56 PM IST

Artists perform during the Konark Festival celebration, in the backdrop of the Sun Temple, in Konark on Sunday. (ANI)

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Artists perform during the Konark Festival celebration, in the backdrop of the Sun Temple, in Konark on Sunday.
Updated on Dec 02, 2019 03:56 PM IST

Artists perform during the Konark Festival celebration, in the backdrop of the Sun Temple, in Konark on Sunday.

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The International Sand Art Festival has started at Chandrabhaga beach in Konark on Sunday. 123 artists from across India & artists from the USA, Ireland, Denmark, Russia, Canada, Togo & Sri Lanka are participating in Sand Art Festival.
Updated on Dec 02, 2019 03:56 PM IST

The International Sand Art Festival has started at Chandrabhaga beach in Konark on Sunday. 123 artists from across India & artists from the USA, Ireland, Denmark, Russia, Canada, Togo & Sri Lanka are participating in Sand Art Festival.

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A sand artist gives finishing touch during the celebration on the occasion of International Sand Art Festival, at Chandrabhaga beach in Konark on Sunday. 123 artists from across India & artists from USA, Ireland, Denmark, Russia, Canada, Togo & Sri Lanka are participating in Sand Art Festival.
Updated on Dec 02, 2019 03:56 PM IST

A sand artist gives finishing touch during the celebration on the occasion of International Sand Art Festival, at Chandrabhaga beach in Konark on Sunday. 123 artists from across India & artists from USA, Ireland, Denmark, Russia, Canada, Togo & Sri Lanka are participating in Sand Art Festival.

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