Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 23:
The heritage walkers were enthralled by odissi and music at 19th Ekamra Walks in Odisha capital here today.
The walk began with recital of flute and tabla by Jagat and troupe and the visitors enjoyed every bit of music created by the artists.
The guide explained the visitors about the walks and essence of Kalingan architecture of the temple building tradition.
Dutch envoy to India and his family also graced the walk programme.
Among others, principal secretary Tourism Arti Ahuja and principal secretary Cooperation Manoj Ahuja and director tourism Nitish Bhnudas Jawle were present.
The heritage walkers visited Parsurameswar, Swarnajaleswar, Kotitirtheswar, Bindusagar, Old Dharmasalas, Lingaraj Temple, Suka-Sari temple complex, Mohini, Vaitaal, Ekamra Van and discovered new stories behind each temple. They enjoyed Odissi recital at Art Vision, the school run by famous Odissi and Chhow dance Guru, Padmashree Ileana Citaristi.
While visiting the monuments, the visitors interacted with members of Urban Sketchers, who were found busy at sketching the locations near Lingaraj Temple and the historic Devipadahara tank.
The walkers saw the dismantling of the Rukuna Rath, the chariot of Lord Lingaraj. The visitors interacted with local vegetable sellers, florists, whose lives are associated with the socio-cultural ways of the Old Town area in the city.
The visitors also went to `parikrama’, made of laterite stone to give the Bindusagar lake a classic look. Near the Mohini temple, they had a brief discussion with the guide on the importance of the holy lake, the different `ghats’ and their use and how to make the lake clean and sustainable.
Later, they visited Vaitaal temple, which has a top like an inverted boat and it is unique one in the city, which has another 360 ancient structures. They went to Ekamra Van the medicinal plant garden, along the western coast of the Bindusagar lake, which has more than 220 kinds of various herbal plants, shrubs and creepers.
After the walk, the guests enjoyed music played by guitarist Bishal Panda and song by Shriddhi Dash.
Dutch envoy’s son Dimtri said, “The way the Ekamra Walk is being conducted is a nice thing to notice.
The youthfulness of the heritage walk and the spirit of people associated with it also inspired him.
“The city is full of ancient monument and I am really fascinated by them as one emerges within every 500 metres,” he added.
This is my first visit to the city, but I would like to come to almost all Ekamra Walks as the experience is amazing, said David Stein from US.