Museum Walk, Ekamra Walks draw heritage lovers


Bhubaneswar: As many as 70 participants joined the third Museum Walk on Sunday to explore the crafts and handloom treasure of the state at Kala Bhoomi along the Pokhariput-Khandagiri Road.

The children, who participated in the Museum Walk, asked various questions and experimented with the crafts making process, especially at the workshop, where the pottery making session was on. They also created clay items on the pottery wheel under the guidance of the craftsmen.

Speaking about her experience, Karishma Swain, a Class VI student of DAV Public School, Pokhariput said, “We knew from our books that our state is bestowed with so many art, craft and handloom treasures, which are unique in the world. After coming to the museum for the first time, I realized that we should come and join the walk every week and learn more things.”

Museum authorities, after seeing the interest at the pottery-making activities have decided to make it a feature or part of the walk and the wheel will be near the water body, where live music is performed during the event.

Min Chai Liu, a dentist from Rourkela and Subrata Bal, Customer Service Manager from SBI Rourkela, joined the Museum Walk today and were overwhelmed with the quality of display and the response from the people to know the facts behind the crafts.

“We also went to the Ekamra Walks Old Town Circuit in the morning and enjoyed the tour mainly involving the ancient temples, old buildings, holy water bodies and medicinal plant garden named Ekamra Van along the Western bank of Bindusagar. However, the afternoon Museum Walk was also very special to us and we had a very fulfilling day,” they said.

Two US students from Emory University, Georgia, Renee Cerovski and Rebekah Williams, who had joined the second Museum Walk last Sunday, were also seen in the team of walkers today.

The Ekamra Walks Old Town Circuit this morning also attracted many visitors including three students from the capital city of Togo Lome, in Africa. All the three are studying Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) in India.

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