Bhubaneswar, October 14 (LocalWire): Members of the Ekamra Walks, the weekly heritage walk of the city, on Sunday were treated with recitals of Odissi by the students of Art Vision in Old Town, the institute run by renowned Odissi and Chhow exponent, Guru Illeana Citaristi.
The 142nd edition of this popular temple trail saw more than 25 members getting a warm welcome from Citaristi at her house which is also her dance school.
Matching up to the architectural heritage, she has adorned her house with major elements from Kalingan style and even set up an open stage for the Odissi performance that left the heritage walkers in awe.
“We will now be associated for a longer-term so that the visitors of Ekamra Walks would have the opportunity to see the Odissi recital as the classical dance form is equally famous for its influences over Odisha and Odia culture. It’s a great opportunity for travelers and city dwellers to witness Odissi dance every weekend in Bhubaneswar,” she said
Rupak G, a regular walker with the Ekamra Walks Old Town Circuit said, “I have been associated with this walk for the past few weeks and now waiting to participate in all the walks leading up to the 150th milestone walk.
It would be a proud moment for all associated with this venture, which has created a new identity for the heritage city in India and all over the world.”
During the weekly heritage tour, walkers today had an opportunity to see the temple kitchen of Ananta Vasudev temple, which is the only Vishnu temple in the Ekamra Kshetra that is dotted with the maximum number of Shiva shrines.
Earlier, at 6.30 am, the Ekamra Walks started from Mukteswar Temple and covered Parasurameswar, Swarnajaleswar, Kotitirtheswar, Bindusagar, Ananta Vasudev, Lingaraj, Suka-Sari Deula, Bindusagar Parikrama encircling the holy lake, Art Vision Dance Academy and ending at the Ekamra Van.
Around 15 walkers explored the twin hills of Bhubaneswar famously known as Khandagiri Udaygiri Caves on Saturday morning.