Friday, January 23, 2015

Puri Sand Art Festival 2015

Puri Sand Art Festival 2015
The creator of this beautiful sand mermaid had a modest demand of ten bucks per click.
For common minds like us, sand represents anything but not permanence and we do not approve the idea of spending time on something whose product won't last long enough. Well, sand sculptors or sand artists of Odisha thankfully do not think on our line. Have you heard of Sudarshan Patnaik, the world acclaimed sand artist from Odisha who was recently awarded the 'Padma Shri' by our Govt? In Odisha there are hundreds of talented yet unrecognized sand artists, some of whom sculpt over tourist beaches and thrive on dimes collected from tourists. I've been hearing of Sand Festival since many years but it is only this time that my travel dates perfectly synchronized with the then ongoing Sand Art Festival of Puri!
Puri Sand Art Festival 2015
Crab repellent needs to be sprayed periodically to keep these sand arts intact.
Somewhere in the middle of the Swargadwar Beach I saw an enclosure with a hoarding "Sand Art Festival 2015". There was an entry fee and separate fee for the camera. Although the number of sand sculptures exhibited inside were quite less, I wasn't disappointed as the whole thing was new to me, i.e. I was delighted enough by the mere thought of viewing sand arts. One of those sand sculptures was being maintained and another guy was continuously spraying crab repellent on each and every show pieces to preserve their integrity against beach crabs.
Puri Sand Art Festival 2015
Among three of these sand arts, I liked the Lord Buddha's replica most.
After I came out, I noticed a round gathering. On close inspection there was a mermaid made up of sand (the first photograph). The artist was stopping anyone trying to steal a quick snap of his creation. No, he didn't have a problem with photography provided you paid him ten bucks as humble donation. I readily contributed and stored his sand work in my camera memory. I have heard that sand art festivals are organized in Goa as well. So, may be Goa (for the second time) someday, in search of many more surprisingly beautiful sand arts...
Puri Sand Art Festival 2015
Maintenance work of sand arts on progress...

4 comments:

  1. Such beautiful art on the sands! Even though it is temporary, it does leave a profound impression.
    I loved all the pics the Ganesha , Buddha and the mermaid makes me wish i could see it!

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    1. Mermaid when viewed from different angles was surprisingly sensual too! Hats off to those sand artists man :-))

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  2. Brilliantly Captured :)

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