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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the different art and entertainment hubs in Puri?

Kapil Gumasta DEC 10 2012
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Puri's rich culture mirrors the ideology of Orissa. There are different forms of art you can witness in Puri ranging from sand art to stage performances.

  • Talking about the former, sand art is the skill of sculpting sand into various designs and portraits on the beach. The sand is cleaned and mixed with water and then the creativity and the craftsmanship of the artist bring alive a spectacular form. One of the most famous sand artist is Sudarshan Pattnaik, who has won many international awards for his talent. It's truly wonderful to be able to see a sand sculpture being made as they get washed away in a few hours.

  • As for the latter, Annapurna Theatre was once the leading place for theatrical performances. Situated on Grand road, the theatre was established in 1933 and ran with full swing till 1970s. However, from 1980 the theatre was rarely used because of administrative bottlenecks and legal issues. The building still stands and you can visit whatever is left of it.

Even though Puri falls short of the platform to showcase the various forms of theatrical art, the sand art definitely make up for it.

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