2001 was the International Year of Volunteers. Since then Young India has been organizing the Konark Youth Festival at Konark. The event is supported by the Ministry of Youth Affairs.
Youth is the essence of India. They need to unite in fighting social evils like factionalism, bigotry, superstition and taboos. The spirit of nationalism, scientific mindset and respect for our cultural heritage and tradition must be inculcated in them. The focus is on showcasing performing arts of India to highlight its tradition and heritage. Off late the festival sees several guest participants from foreign countries too. This year shall see the 10th edition of the festival. It is scheduled from 27th to 31st March 2011 at Konark (Odisha).
Young India received the National Youth Award for the year 2008-09 in recognition of outstanding services to the community. The festival invites national youth awardees, NSS volunteers and youth activists from different corners of the country to initiate interaction among them to bring in social change by involving the youth.
Sometimes we are privileged to hear a Oriya song from foreign delegates – there’s one sung by Isa – from Germany and Kevin , who came from the USA in the 2008 edition.
Konark famous for Konark Temple or Sun Temple built with black granite in the form of Chariot. Konark is the World Heritage Site of the renowned 13th century Sun Temple, also called Black Pagoda, built by king Narasimha Dev I. Since long, the huge Konark Temple Complex–which is an architectural wonder–has enthralled the visitors from far off places.
Konark, Puri and Bhubaneswar form a virtual triangle in tourist circle popularly known as “Golden Triangle”. These three places are well connected by good double lane metal road to each other.
How to reach Puri Konark Bhubaneswar tourist triangle –
- Konark to Puri – 35 Kms – One hour
- Puri to Bhubaneswar – 60 Kms – Two hours
- Bhubaneswar to Konark – 65 Kms – Two hours
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