IIT students join Ekamra Walks, Dillip Tirkey joins museum trail

Bhubaneswar: The 87th Ekamra Walks and 10th Museum Walk today remained eventful with the morning heritage trail getting a pack of 100 and more guests including 90 students from IIT Bhubaneswar and the afternoon sojourn at the Crafts Museum, Kala Bhoomi having the company of renowned hockey star Dillip Tirkey as a visitor, who also promoted the upcoming Men’s Hockey World Cup to be held in the city towards the end of the year.
Besides the Museum Walk, several other events like Craft Conversations , Wood Painting workshop, Pipli applique workshop with tri colours, guided museum walk in Odia and Field talk by Prof Kishore Kumar Basa a renowned expert in Anthropology and Archaeology on the subject “Museums In India – from Colonial Constructs to Post Colonial Engagements’’, Pottery workshop, sketching competition, Paika dance with troupe from Khurda were other attractions at Kala Bhoomi.
Akankshya, a native of Mumbai and student with IIT Bhubaneswar was of the opinion that the guided heritage tour in the Old Town area of the city was quite informative and both for the visitors, faculties and students the experience was amazing and unique.
Saif Ali Khan, a student of IIT Bhubaneswar, who originally is from Aurangabad in Maharashtra, said “the heritage trip to Old Bhubaneswar was really an eye-opening experience with the ancient Kalingan architecture and old world charm weaved together with a dose of traditional feeling, the stories behind temples and holy water body Bindusagar and also the medicinal plant garden Ekamra Van, all were very specially and nicely explained by the guides in an interactive and educative format.’’
Amritendu, an assistant professor with IIT Bhubaneswar said “I am working with this premier institution for last four years, but did not have an opportunity to explore the Old City. I was really happy to come and explore so many things in one go.’’
Debaprotim Bose, an assistant professor with IIT Bhubaneswar, who mostly did his studies in IIT Mumbai in the past, said “being new to this region and the city, my experience was very interesting and I would recommend the Ekamra Tour to my students in future as well. This was indeed a very educative trip with history, architecture and traditional knowledge packaged nicely in a short trip.’’
In his talk “Museums In India – from Colonial Constructs to Post Colonial Engagements’’ Prof Basa, former director at Indian Museum Kolkata and Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manab Sangrahalay, aptly described how the European concept has come to India, but gradually growing a people-centric movement to become a kind of knowledge hub involving history, archaeology, anthropology, science, technology, development and popularization of science.
He, however, advised the museum professionals to have a dedication for the movement as they are at the helm to contribute a lot towards nation-building by disseminating knowledge through the display at the museum galleries. He also called for a self-less attitude towards the growth and popularity of museums as they are the modern temples and institutions educating people on the various evolutionary processes in all fields and philosophies of life.
Renowned hockey player Dillip Tirkey, while promoting the hockey theme as Chairman Odisha Tourism Development Corporation also praised the Museum Walk as it has given a new dimension to museum tourism in the part of this world.
The famous war dance from Khurda “Paika Nrutya’’ was staged by a troupe from the historic town, which was once known for its heroic past and warfare with the British and the Khurda Fort for its stand as one of the last citadel of heroic actions against the foreign force.

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