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Art ‘haat’ captures urban streetscape

On its second venture in the city after organising the sketches of temples, the members of Urban Sketchers braving the sunrays of the afternoon, took on sketching the streets along the Bindusagar Lake in the heritage district_ celebrating the World Heritage Day with a special event_ Art Haat.       

As part of the World Heritage Day celebration, the Art Haat initiative was jointly organised by Bhubaneswar Development Authority, BMC and Bhubaneswar Urban Knowledge Centre with Urban Sketchers’ local chapter as the knowledge partner.

During the early evening hours an exhibition was also organised to showcase the sketches of the participants near the Rukuna Ratha, the holy chariot of Lord Lingaraj, on the Grand Road or ``Ratha Danda’’.

 The World Heritage Day, 2017, was celebrated today with theme ``International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.’’ Today's theme for the Urban Sketchers, on the other hand, was ``Streetscape’’. On Sunday it was temple architecture along the path of the Ekamra Walks, the heritage tour of the city.

The group of young painters included 30 students from KIIT School of Architecture, KIIT University, four practicing architects, five artists/graphic designing students, one Class VIII student of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1 and two commoners.

The youngest participant Shrishti De, a resident of Bapuji Nagar came for the session with her father Sidharth De after knowing about the event from the Social Media.

``I enquired from an official of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and came to know that students can participate as Urban Sketchers is an open forum and brought her near the famous water body in the Old Town area. She did a good job and I am happy that the members of the group are providing a nice experience for the people with a creative urge to express their ideas,’’ said the father.

Shristi, who has more than 100 prizes in drawing and painting from various competitions in her school and outside, termed the new experience of drawing a live urban landscape ``enriching and awarding.’’

``Apart from streetscape sketches, doodles, water colour sketches were also made by the participants. We will be doing weekly activities by the group which is increasing every passing day. Now within two days we are 30 members and the next time after sketching the entire Old Town area, we would venture into the New Capital region planned and designed by Otto Koenigsberger and Julius Vaz respectively,’’ said city chapter moderator Swayamprakash Mohanty.

``We selected the Bindusagar area as from Lingaraj Temple to Mukteswar, the Old City of Bhubaneswar offers countless themes for drawing and sketching, classic and ancient architecture, modern blends and iconic monuments of national and world heritage  importance, lively shops, water bodies, charming and pictures queue streets with floral display of different hues for offerings to the deities and the last, but not the least the beautiful Bindusagar, its parikrama and the Ekamra Van,’’ Mohanty added.

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