Ganpatipule is all set to host a National Sand Art Festival in January 2014. This festival would be jointly hosted by JSW Foundation, a social development division of JSW group companies and Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) along with international sand artist, Sudarsan Pattnaik.
This festival would be the first national sand art festival in the western coast of India. At the prima facie level, the festival would be hosted for three to five days where more than 20 national sand artists would make sculptures with different themes. Before the festival, Sudarsan Pattnaik would organise a two days workshop for the local artists to encourage sand art in India. Promoting the local culture and tradition of Maharashtra is one of the key focus apart from promoting cleanliness of the beaches.
Speaking exclusively to Financial Express Online, Sudarsan Pattnaik, said, “In India we do not have two or three beaches, we have an entire coastline. A National Sand Art Festival can be efficiently used to increase tourism. More than 20 sand sculpture artist would be present in this festival. Due to such events, all over the world people would know about Ganpatipule and tourism would increase. There must be many beach activities like sand art festival, kite festival.”
“We already have started an international sand art festival in Konark called “Konark festival”, during the five days of the festival we have seen a footfall of five lakh people visiting from around the world. I have plans to host many international festivals in other parts of the country,” he added.
There are also plans to open the world's first sand art park in India, where many sand sculptures would be created inside a park and the climate would be controlled for its durability. This sand art park would also have sand sculptures of famous personalities from around the world just like Madame Tussauds.
Speaking about where this park would be located, Pattnaik said, “I have proposed this idea to many states, but whichever state gives me the opportunity would be the venue for this park.”
Recently, JSW Foundation in a tie up with the department of tourism, Government