Bhubaneswar:14/1/18; Odissi dancers from the overseas took part in the 57th edition of Ekamra heritage walk, adding colour to the socio-cultural event.
Katie Ryan, Kali Chandrasegaram and Sanjeevani Dutta, all desciples of Guru Shankar Behera of Mumbai participated, Beatriz Ocougne from Brazil, a dance guru herself in Brazil took active interest in understanding the temple art, architecture and the sculptures.
Sanjeevani led the UK team of dancers and they were to meet Guru Shankar Behera while attending the famous dance festival of classical dance, which is quite popular among the Odissi dancers from India and world as it is being held against the lovely backdrop of majestic Mukteswar Temple, known for its unique arch and also intricate carvings.
While Katie was introduced to Guru Shankar Behera by Sanjeevani at an early age in London, Kali first learnt Odissi from Geeta Shankar in Kuala Lumpur in 1996 and then moved to London and now has interests both in contemporary and Odissi dance forms. Kali, however, learnt Bharatanatyam from Radha Shetty at Temple of Fine Arts in Kuala Lumpur, before learning Odissi.
Fourteen students of the city-based ICICI Academy of Skills today participated at the heritage walk making another day for the academy to participate at the walk. The skill academy, which trains only girls in different fields of employment generation is the single institute in the State Capital to send its students for the maximum number of participation at Ekamra Walks (Old Town).
The heritage walkers started the walk at Mukteswar and saw Parasurameswar, Kotitirtheswar, Ananta Vasudev, Lingaraj, Chitrakarini, Sari and Mohini temples and monuments like Bindusagar and the old dharamsala. While on their way the visitors also saw the religious rituals by people and the priests on the bank of Bindusagar on the occasion of Makar Sankranti