The 16th Edition of Ekamra Walks, the
heritage walk for the Temple City added
another feather to its cap by inducting 18 students of Post-Graduate Department
of History of Art under the Faculty of Arts, Banaras Hindu University (BHU),
Varanasi under the guidance of two of their professors.
The students are on a study tour to the state
to understand the unique temple architecture and the building style of the
Kalingan craftsmanship which was behind the creation of more than 360 monuments
only in the State Capital, which was once referred as the Ekamra Kshetra.
Professor Pradosh Kumar Mishra, who
teaches art history at BHU and one of the accompanying faculty members with the
students, said ``Odisha has a treasure of unique art history and heritage and
it has a terrible influence of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. It has also many
bright examples of colonial architecture. However, our students will be
primarily have a study over the art scenario, so that this trip will broaden
their vision towards the pan-Indian art forms and the various local influences
over that rich Indian art tradition.
Sneha, a student member of the team said
``the experience of this art tour to Odisha will be an enriching experience as
the land is known for its art traditions and the love of the people to sustain
those thoughts for generations after generations.
Anshika, another student said ``being an
ancient city and now after becoming the No. 1 in the Smart City Proposal
Bhubaneswar has to devise a Smart plan to promote, protect and brand its
heritage sites at the world arena.
Rashmi Kala Agarwal, another professor
accompanying the students of BHU said ``the tradition of the continuity of the
ageless art and ancient craft must be well documented and preserved so that in
future days we would still be able to see them alive and attracting visitors.
Today nearly 60 visitors were part of the
Ekamra Walks and they walks along Mukteswar, Parasurameswar, Sampurna Jaleswar,
Kotitirtheawar, Ananta Vasudev, Bindusagar, ancient Dharmasala, Lingaraj,
Chitrakarini, Sari Temple, Parikraka along the Holy Lake Bindusagar, Mohini
temple, Vaitaal Temple, Ekamra Herbal Garden and at last, went to Art Vision to
experience Odissi performed by the students Ileana Sitaristi, an Italy-born
exponent on Odissi and Chhow.
Change in Timing from next week
The authorities managing Ekamra Walks,
i.e. Odisha Tourism, BDA, BMC and the tour operator De Tour have decided to
start the heritage walk at 6 am in the morning instead of 7 am in the wake of
the rising day-time temperature.
Tourism Director Nitin Bhanudas Jawle also
requested the tour operator to make aware the general public and those, who are
interested to walk, so that they would arrive early and there would be no
ill-effects of sun light.