Bhubaneswar: The 26th Ekamra Walks, the guided heritage walk of the Temple city, today got a galaxy of writers, litterateurs and journalists as they came as a delegation from the on-going Kalinga Literature Festival – 2017.
Among the visitors were famous best-selling Marathi author Balchandra Vanaji Nemade, writer, poet, critic and linguistics scholar of repute, who is a recipient of the coveted Jnanapitha Award in 2014 for his novel Hindu: Jagnya Samruddha Adgal. He is also a recipient of the Central Sahitya Academy Award and Padmashri.
The famous author, who has taught comparative literature in India and abroad and also a frequent visitor to Odisha, said “Odisha has a treasure which is unique in its own way. People are gradually discovering it and those in the Western world and Indian metros should come to explore the poetry written on stone by the craftsmen from Utkala.’’
Among others writer and Group Editor ABP News Network Shazi Zamann, Editor Rajkamal Publishers Satyanand Nirupam, journalist from Bihar Girindranath Jha, journalist from New Delhi Vineet Kumar, CMD Rajkamal Publishers Ashok Maheswari, founder KLF Rashmi Ranjan Parida and director Kamalakanta Dash were with the delegation.
Today the Odisha Tourism extended transport services to the guests from KLF-2017. The participants of the 26thEkamra Walks today visited Mukteswar, Parsuremeswar, Bindusagar, Ananta Vasudev, Brahma Temple, Lingaraj Temple, Sari Temple, Parikrama around Bindusagar, Mohini Temple, Medicinal Plant Garden Ekamra Van and saw a beautiful recital of Odissi at Art Vision.
Eminent Odissi and Mayurbhanj Chhow exponent Ileana Citaristi explained the genesis of the Odissi dance form from the sculptures from the temple walls and also gave an insight into the various steps and stages in the dance form in Odissi.
During the visit to Sari Temple near the bank of Bindusagar the visitors had an experience to observe the traditional temple making and restoration.