The 30th edition of the Konark Festival began in Odisha on the 1st of December. The stunning Sun Temple in Konark was the backdrop of several cultural performances. The festival offers insights into some of the rich traditions of India and will conclude on the 5th of December. The International Sand Art Festival was also recently held on the Chandrabhaga beach in Odisha. 123 artists from India and countries like USA, Russia and Sri Lanka participated in the festival.