Slum Kids and students explore city heritage at 32nd Ekamra Walks
Bhubaneswar: Braving the rains and a morning drizzle, 15 kids from Sri Gayatri Vidya Vikas Education Trust, many from nearby slums in Chandrasekharpur area of the city, had a beautiful Ekamra Walks, today. They, accompanied by their school teachers, got the company of another enthusiastic group from ICICI Academy for Skills, Bhubaneswar. Today’s rain-soaked monsoon heritage walk had 70 participants including guests also from Paris and New Delhi.
Himani Sahoo, student of Sri Gayatri Vidhya Vikash Trust (SGVVET) termed the walk as an exciting outing for kids as the monuments speak so much about our culture. Tanvi Jena, another kid was happy to know the medicinal plant garden called Ekamra Van. “I will come again and spend more time there,” she said. Gayatri Mavuru, chairperson of the institution said “I am originally from Andhra Pradesh and currently staying in the city for last two years. I am completely in love with the beautiful city, its monuments and natural wealth. The rain soaked heritage walk with kids reminded me of my childhood days when we were playing with rains.”
Arti Gupta from ICICI Academy for Skills was also mesmerized by the beautiful carvings on the temples of Old Town area. Students and faculty of the IAFS, Bhubaneswar, have participated for last three times including today’s event. “I will definitely tell my other friends to come and enjoy the beautiful walk and learn a lot about its culture, heritage and medicinal plants,” said Snehalata Pradhan.
Debjit Paul Choudhury, an IT industry professional, currently based in Paris was a guest at today’s heritage walk.. “I regularly come to the city on project related work, but today with the Ekamra Walks, I discovered a new Bhubaneswar,” he said.
Dipesh Satapathy, a communication expert from New Delhi, also found the walk as extraordinary. “I belong to the city, but after Class Xth went to New Delhi and currently staying there. Today through I was truly excited to know more about the monuments.”
The only guided heritage walk of the city, organized jointly by Bhubaneswar Development Authority, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and Odisha Tourism, has been consistently attracting sizeable number of visitors from different corners of the world. The monsoon has only become another USP to invite more footfalls for the weekly Sunday date with history.