Bhubaneswar:3/12/17; Members from the delegation accompanying internationally known Odissi Guru Ramli Ibrahim, three senior officials from International Hockey Federation or Federation Internationale de Hockey (FIH) and a traveler from Italy were among the guests besides other walkers making it a memorable one with 81 joining the heritage trail starting from Mancheswar temple despite a chilly early December winter.
Pam Stuper from US, Maureen Craig from Trinidad and Tobago and Hazel Kennedy from Zambia are the Executive Board Members of FIH and they are part of the delegation in the city for the ongoing Odisha Men’s Hockey World League at the hockey facility at the Kalinga Stadium Complex.
All three FIH officials were all praise for the city’s beautiful monuments, but above all they mentioned the people, hospitality and the helping nature of the locals. Pam, who is originally from Pennsylvania, but currently stays in Connecticut, a city near New York, said “though this is my first visit to Odisha, I really overwhelmed with its hospitality and the heritage tour is also very educative as we came to know about the ancient heritage and the unique temple building style of Odisha.’’
Maureen and Hazel also came to Odisha for the first time and both also enjoyed the heritage walk and listened to the tour guide patiently.
Prof Mazlan Othman, who teaches Astrophysics at National University of Malaysia, who was part of the tour, said “the old heritage of the city is so beautiful and it reminds me the Indonesian heritage in which there is an impression of ancient Kalingan craftsmanship. As there was an ancient trade link between these two regions in the past, we need to explore more and more facts about that ancient link.’’