Bhubaneswar : Home away from home, but the Odias are keeping track of Ekamra Walks and wishing to be part of the heritage journey of the city as the event has not only showcased the wealth of the prized monuments across the Old Town area, but also the cultural traditions of the different temples, their deities and people associated with them.
Biswaranjan Samal from Dubai joined the weekend heritage walk with family and was delighted to discover many things which he never found earlier, though he is from the City and now settled in Dubai.
“We are monitoring the activities of Ekamra Walks from the beginning. Either from the Facebook posts or from friends we were getting all updates about the only guided walk of the city. As I got the opportunity to take part in the heritage walk, I am really overjoyed after participating in the 88th Ekamra Walks. Now our entire group will try to popularise the event by telling their friends to explore the heritage tour,’’ said Biswaranjan Samal, a resident of the city, currently staying in Dubai.
Sushant Mohapatra, another member from the Dubai troupe termed Ekamra Walks as a ‘’great initiative’’. He was one of the 20 walkers, who joined the event today.
Overjoyed with the experiences he gathered through today’s heritage walk in the Old Bhubaneswar area, Sushant said ‘’I knew many things about our own temple architecture, types of temples and the influence of the temple architecture from Kalinga in faraway territories across the Pacific and Indian Oceans, temple traditions and rituals were really interesting things I learnt from such a short experience.’’
Anupama, a consultant working with Department of Sports and Youth Services of the State Government, who came to Old Town for the first time to explore the monuments through Ekamra Walks, said ‘’the first encounter with Ekamra Kshetra through Ekamra Walks was a memorable one and I will definitely tell my friends to explore this beautiful experience whenever they come to Bhubaneswar.’’
11TH MUSEUM WALK
More than 60 walkers including guests from foreign countries and other states joined the 11th Museum Walk today at the Crafts Museum of Kala Bhoomi as they explored the various handicrafts, art objects, handloom, wood and stone carving items to the newly-opened museum.
‘’I had a nice experience today as the Crafts Museum is like a modern temple educating every visitor about the rich crafts tradition of the State. The pre-weaving technology gallery and the products make by tribals were very attractive,’’ said Swati Choudhury, an entrepreneur in handloom sector.
Debendra Mohapatra, a student said ‘’the museum walk has become a great learning experience for kids, students, elders and outsiders as it displays a rainbow of creative pattern of the entire state within its four walls. The folk dances and performances in the amphitheatre is also wonderfully organised.’’