US, Australian students enjoy heritage & museum walks


Bhubaneswar: The 81st Ekamra Walks Old Town Circuit early in the morning and fourth Museum Walk at Kala Bhoomi attracted students from Australia and US as they participated in the events besides the locals and enjoyed their time. While 25 walkers joined the morning heritage walk, 70 persons participated in the Museum Walk in the afternoon.
Pratibha Singh, a student doing her post-graduate studies in Health and Human Services from Deakin University, Australia was very happy to see the monuments during the Ekamra Walks. Though she is from Indian city Udaipur in Rajasthan, she is currently studying in Australia and on an internship with five other students at city-based Centurion University of Technology and Management (CUTM).
“This is my first visit to Odisha and I found the city in particular beautiful with nicely preserved monuments and I hope more and more visitors should come and explore the unique Kalingan architecture, style and also the rich traditions,’’ Pratibha said.
The five other students from Australia are: Joshua Noonan, Zoe Perrone, Saoirse Anderson, James Grills and Emily Lees all from Victoria University. They are accompanied by their professor Michael Mathai.
Prof. Michael is there in Australia since the age of 15 and is originally from Malaysia. “My father was from Kerala and was settled in Malaysia,’’ he said. Prof. Michael teaches nutrition and currently guiding the students as they are doing the internship on Public Health and Nutrition.
The Museum Walk at Kala Bhoomi in Gandamunda along the Pokhariput-Khandagiri Road continues to attract huge crowd as on its fourth edition today there were nearly 70 walkers. Among others, American students from Emory University, Georgia, Renee Cerovski and Rebekah Williams, who are doing a two-month-long internship with a city-based organization based in Lingipur, joined the Museum Walk.
While the walkers visited various gallery with special themes, they also has an opportunity to listen to and enjoy a beautiful jugalbandi of table and flute. A Gotipua performance was also organised. As it was raining heavily, the performance was organized inside a hall instead of the amphitheatre.
The visitors comprising various age groups and interests scanned through galleries on terracotta, traditional painting i.e. pattachitra and palm-leaf itching and paining on papier-mâché. They also went through the wood carving, stone carving and temple making, metal, pre-weaving techniques, traibal crafts, handloom and sarees and joined the live session on the potter’s wheel to make earthen objects with their hands.