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
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.
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
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.