Konark gears up for International Sand Art Festival-II

Konark, 26 November 2012:  As many as 20 Indian and 10 foreign artists will be participating in the second edition of the International Sand Art festival to be held on the Chandrabhaga beach, Konark, coinciding with the Konark Dance Festival 2012.

The foreign artists participating in the festival are Benjamin Probanza from Mexico; Etual Ojeda from Spain; JOOheng Tan from Singapore; Benoit Dutherage from France; Elisabeth Kristensen from Norway; Ulrich from Germany; Damian Van Der Velden from Netherland, Brian Turnbough and Russell Lee Croft from the United States of America.

Benjamin Probanza from Mexico is a well known sand artist who has been winning recognitions for his art since 1997. He has participated in sand art competitions in China, Singapore, Canada, Holland, Spain, United States of America, Germany, Columbia, Indonesia, Dinamarca, Belgica etc. He also does live shows with drawings of sand and light. He won the 2003 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award.

Etual Ojeda from Spain started very early developing his skill for sculpting.  Etual has won a number of international sand sculpting contests. He has also been a teacher in some seasonal Sand Sculpting Workshops in Las Canters Beach, Gran Canaria.

JOOheng Tan, Singaporean, with a decade’s worth of sand sculpting experience, is a veteran when it comes to coaxing giant masterpieces from mere grains of sand. JOOheng began sand sculpting in 1997as a hobby, participating in several small events locally. In 1999, he was invited by the then-President of the World Sand Sculptors Association to participate in several international sand sculpting festivals and competitions abroad which eventually led to a full blown career and love for the art.

Katsuhiko Chaen is from Japan and began sculpting in 1987. He has won a number of competitions, exhibitions and festivals across the globe. He was featured in the TV commercial film and posters for Japanese Derby Races.

Benoit Dutherage is a sand, ice and snow sculptor from France. He was a chef who discovered his affinity for sand art and started sculpting in 2000. He own a company called “Made in Sand” in Sweden.

Elisabeth Kristensen from Kristiansand is an experienced snow sculptor.  As a land art artist, Kristensen has made a mark with her snow and sand sculptures. She is currently the project manager for Sand Sculpture Kristiansand.

Damian Van Der Velden from Netherland did her education from The Royal Academy of Fine Art, Hague. She has participated in a number of solo and group exhibitions across the globe.

Brian Turnbough (USA) has been sculpting sand professionally since 2000. He made his first sculpture with sculptor Ted Siebert of the Sand Sculpture Company while attending Eastern Illinois University majoring in painting and drawing. Since that time Turnbough has worked with the Sand Sculpture Company and created hundreds of sculptures across the globe for festivals and events. Last year, Turnbough took home his first championship at the American Championships of Sand Sculpture. Additionally, he has competed in team sand sculpture competitions as a member of teams “Sandboxers” and “Totally in Sand’.

Russell Croft from the United States of America has been practicing sand sculpting for the past 15 years and has won a number of awards for his sculptures in different parts of the world. He was also featured in “Sand Masters” a reality based television show. 

Klaus Ulrich from Germany is well known for his creations and has a list of awards to his name.

Our ‘Brand Ambassador for International Sand Art Festival”  Shri Sudarsan Pattanaik said “All the participants that have gathered for the festival are champions of their art. The artists will be provided with the necessary materials and they would be working on their creations since November 28, 2012. The exhibition will be open to the public from December 1, 2012. We are confident of putting up a spectacular show this year”.

Vaibhav Chandrakant Katwate and Laxmi Nauraten Goud from Maharashtra, Ballabha Mohapatra, Sridhar Das, Ranjan Kumar Ganguli and Subala Moharana from Odisha are some of the eminent artists from India participating in the event.

Besides the sand art exhibition, a national-level competition will also be held where national and international sand maestros will battle it out for prize money of Rs 1, 00,000.

Follow us on Twitter & Be our Fan on Facebook.



Leave a Reply

000-017   000-080   000-089   000-104   000-105   000-106   070-461   100-101   100-105  , 100-105  , 101   101-400   102-400   1V0-601   1Y0-201   1Z0-051   1Z0-060   1Z0-061   1Z0-144   1z0-434   1Z0-803   1Z0-804   1z0-808   200-101   200-120   200-125  , 200-125  , 200-310   200-355   210-060   210-065   210-260   220-801   220-802   220-901   220-902   2V0-620   2V0-621   2V0-621D   300-070   300-075   300-101   300-115   300-135   3002   300-206   300-208   300-209   300-320   350-001   350-018   350-029   350-030   350-050   350-060   350-080   352-001   400-051   400-101   400-201   500-260   640-692   640-911   640-916   642-732   642-999   700-501   70-177   70-178   70-243   70-246   70-270   70-346   70-347   70-410   70-411   70-412   70-413   70-417   70-461   70-462   70-463   70-480   70-483   70-486   70-487   70-488   70-532   70-533   70-534   70-980   74-678   810-403   9A0-385   9L0-012   9L0-066   ADM-201   AWS-SYSOPS   C_TFIN52_66   c2010-652   c2010-657   CAP   CAS-002   CCA-500   CISM   CISSP   CRISC   EX200   EX300   HP0-S42   ICBB   ICGB   ITILFND   JK0-022   JN0-102   JN0-360   LX0-103   LX0-104   M70-101   MB2-704   MB2-707   MB5-705   MB6-703   N10-006   NS0-157   NSE4   OG0-091   OG0-093   PEGACPBA71V1   PMP   PR000041   SSCP   SY0-401   VCP550  100-105  , 70-486   c2010-657   70-178   OG0-091   70-178   JN0-360   ICBB   1z0-808   300-075   200-125  , 70-346   000-017   JN0-360   350-050   1Z0-061   220-901   700-501   640-911   101-400   220-901   350-030   ITILFND   400-201   220-801   70-488   210-065   HP0-S42   350-080   102-400   70-417   70-270   3002   640-692   1Y0-201   AWS-SYSOPS   2V0-621   000-089   200-101   70-533   70-488   CAP   210-260   300-070   102-400   70-980   70-346   102-400   300-209   SY0-401