Odisha: School students from Pune visit city monuments through Ekamra Walks

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Bhubaneswar: Fifteen students of Jnana Prabodhini School, Pune under their Matrubhumi Parichay Sibir (camp to know the motherland) today visited the Ekamra Walks, city heritage walk in the Old Town area of the state Capital and were delighted to discover the unique temple architecture of Odisha, the land of ancient Kalinga.
It was very interesting to find that the urge in those school kids and their teachers to discover the Indian mainland, which is also known as “Bharat Mata’’ or Mother India in all our patriotic references and discussion, but there are just a few institutions, which actually facilitate their own students to discover what lies in the entire country and the need to have such a project in the lifetime to discover the untold stories of India and its people.
Aditya Sinde, head of the project under which the Jnana Prabodhini School is running in Pune, who was here with the students, said “we have a unique curriculum as we never think that only by securing good marks or jest having a well-paying job is nod for everyone. At our school we have equal focus on health, skill development, emotional development and intellectual development. This ’’Matrubhumi Parichay Sibir’’ is under the intellectual development regime and we have a formulae for each class to visit the locality and the country to enrich social knowledge and feel proud as an Indian.’’
Sinde added that while students up to Class V visit places within the Pune district, students from Class V to VIII visit places outside Pune distirict, but inside Maharashtra and border districts, Standard IX pupils visit districts in neighbouring states and Class X and above visit other states far away and up to border regions of the country. The students , who visited city monuments through Ekamra Walks belong to Class X and above.
The school, under an ambitious Gurukul Project in a serene atmosphere near Pune is based on the thoughts of Acharya Vinoba Bhave, the brain behind the Bhoodan Movement. “The education should bring about progress of body, mind and intellect,’’ was the philosophy of Acharya Vinoba Bhave and we are following it in action at our school, added Sinde. The philosophy is based on five elements i.e. Annamay, Pranamay, Manomay, Vijnanmay and Anandamay to fulfill five deferent needs of a personality.
Rajashree Maratha, another teacher said “as in our education system, knowing the motherland has a major component, we make it a point that each student during his stay in the school campus, should be able to discover some regions of the country, which is full of a lot of experiences and historical monuments. This time we have chosen Odisha to discover its art, culture and architecture so that the students would refresh the memory of this region in their lives.’’
Anushka Wagmare, a student of the team from Pune said “we are really happy to know the temple architecture, beautiful carvings on them and last but not the least, the heart winning Odissi recital at Art Vision. We are extremely happy to discover the essence of a new culture through our exposure trip.’’
Chinmay Kulkarni, another student of Jnana Prabodhini School, Pune, said “we are very impressed to know that the city has 361 monuments and I am happy that the heritage walk is continuously running for last 16 weeks.’’
It can be mentioned here that students of leading management institutes, architecture colleges, students of art history in BHU and leading artists, art critics and poets have so far visited Ekamra Walks making it a sought after event in the Smart City, Bhubaneswar, which defeated Pune to become the No.1 in creating a creative proposal.
During the tour the visitors include Mukteswar, Parasurameswar, Sampoorna Jaleswar, Kotitirtheswar, Bindu Sagar, Old Dharmasala, Lingaraj, Chitrakarini, Sari Deula, Mohini Temple, Parikrama of Bindu Sagar, Vaitaal Temple, Ekamra Van the medicinal plant garden and also Art Vision, the institute established by famous Italian dancer Ileana Citaristi, who is an exponent in Odissi and Mayurbhanj Chhou.

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