Sand artists from across the world congregated in Konark city of Odisha's Puri District to participate in an international festival organised by the state tourism department.
The five-day-long event commenced on Saturday with India's acclaimed sand artist, Sudarshan Patnaik appointed as the brand ambassador of the festival.
Foreign participants appreciated this initiative undertaken by the tourism department as they saw this as an opportunity to know more about new things.
"The theme is environment and I put the text 'give me more' here because the biggest problem with environmental issues is the personal consumer affairs, the greed, we want more all the time. I have a very fat guy here and I have a fish on top (in my sculpture), he wants more," said Elizabeth, a participant.
This festival has emerged as a great point of tourist attraction as the ongoing annual national Konark dance festival pulls people from all over the world here and the event, which coincides with it, is also substituting the gaze.
The theme of the festival is environment, a key area of debate and concern for activists across the globe.
While sculptures made by the artists from abroad shall be on display during the five-day-long festival, each Indian participant shall sculpt a different work everyday. The jury of invited artists shall select the top three artists for cash awards. (ANI)