US, Australian students enjoy heritage, museum walks

The 81st Ekamra Walks Old Town Circuit the fourth Museum Walk today attracted students from Australia and the USA as they participated in the two events besides the local people.

While 25 walkers joined the morning heritage walk, 70 persons participated in the Museum Walk in the afternoon, organisers said. The Ekamra region covers the Old Town area of modern-day Bhubaneswar, adorned with an abundance of temples.

The Museum Walk was held at Kala Bhoomi in Gandamunda area along the Pokhariput-Khandagiri Road.

Pratibha Singh, a post-graduate student from Deakin University, Australia, was very happy to see the monuments during the Ekamra Walks. Though she is from Indian city Udaipur in Rajasthan, she is currently studying in Australia and on an internship with five others at a management school here.

"This is my first visit to Odisha and I found the city in particular beautiful with nicely preserved monuments and I hope more and more visitors should come and explore the unique Kalingan architecture, style and also the rich traditions," Pratibha said.

The five other students from Australia are Joshua Noonan, Zoe Perrone, Saoirse Anderson, James Grills and Emily Lees all from Victoria University. They are accompanied by their professor Michael Mathai.

Mathai is in Australia since the age of 15 and is originally from Malaysia. "My father was from Kerala who later settled in Malaysia," he said.

Among others, Renee Cerovski and Rebekah Williams, American students from Emory University, Georgia, joined the Museum Walk.

The walkers visited various gallery with special themes, and enjoyed a beautiful "jugalbandi" of tabla and flute. A Gotipua dance performance was also organised.


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