Bhubaneswar: Only 17th edition old, but the first ever Museum Walk of the Temple City at Crafts Museum Kala Bhoomi is growing week by week with popularity as today there were more than 65 including 20 students from the city-based Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, families and walk-in visitors.
Trupti Pradhan, a housewife from Soubhagya Nagar came with her in-laws and the family found the entire museum a nice book of knowledge, in display. “I came to Kala Bhoomi for the first time, but could not believe that we are having such a beautiful site in our city. We are really proud to be the visitors today and would definitely tell friends, relatives and residents of our colony to join the walk,’’ she added.
Trupti also said that though the family liked all the art objects on display, the galleries with Pattachitra, Terracotta attracted most of the attention.
Debiprasad Das, an employee with the local AG Office also came with his family and found the museum walk as educative and entertaining. “The classical music component is a lovely addition to the beauty of the entire show and we are really happy to be the participants. There should be more such walks in other museums across the city as well and city administration should think about this,’’ he said.
Debiprasad’s daughter, who is with Regional Institute of Education (RIE) is very much interested in culture, heritage and history. “My daughter’s friends have visited the Monks, Caves and Kings at Khandagiri and Udayagiri and after that we have come to Kala Bhoomi for another type of experience,’’ the AG official said.
OLD TOWN WALK
Ashish, originally from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, joined the 93rd Ekamra Walks Old Town Circuit. “Today I discovered a new Bhubaneswar as the walk has introduced me to a different identity of the city. I would love to participate in all heritage walks currently on and those which would start in future so that I can know more about this beautiful city,’’ he said.
Debabrat, a post-graduate student of Anthropology said “I liked the tour very much as it also has got various anthropological links and I would visit more to discover the various anthropological aspects of the monuments through more studies.’’
Krishna from Tamil Nadu, who has joined Ekamra Walks for the second time, said “every time I visit the Old Town area of Bhubaneswar, I always stumble upon some new things about the Ekamra Kshetra. It’s an amazing experience.’’