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Heritage walkers were spellbound with the beautiful performance of Odissi dance by the disciples of eminent Odissi dancer Ileana Citaristi

Bhubaneswar:12/11/18: More than 140 heritage walkers were spellbound with the beautiful performance of Odissi dance by the disciples of eminent Odissi dancer and Guru Ileana Citaristi at Art Vision, on the Western bank of Bindusagar today.

The recital of the classical dance during the penultimate part of the 99th Ekamra Walks, the first guided heritage walk of the city in the Old Town area, marks its return. Five students of Guru Ileana Citaristi performed “Srita Kamala Kucha Mandala” from the famous Sanskrit work Gitagovinda by poet Jayadev and an Odia poem “Sajani budigali mu lajare”, both displaying the various “leelas” of Lord Krishna.

The second one depicted beautifully how the protagonist (Radha) blushes and tells her friend regarding the “Leela” of Lord Krishna.

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The Odissi Guru said “We will now be associated for another longer term so that the visitors of Ekamra Walks would have the opportunity to see the Odissi recital as the classical dance form is equally famous for its influences over Odisha and Odia culture.”

While more than 100 students and their teachers were part of the walk, 40 walkers as participants of the normal Sunday morning group were part of the team today at the heritage trail and 35 participants came for the 23rd Museum Walk at Crafts Museum in Kala Bhoomi in the afternoon.

Delegates from the Make In Odisha (MIO) Biennale Conclave also took part in a special walk organized by the Museum authorities.

Hitesh Seth, a regular walker with the Ekamra Walks Old Town Circuit said, “I have been associated with this walk since beginning and now waiting to participate in the 100th one next week. As the first heritage walk of Ekamra Kshetra is going to complete its century, it would be a proud moment for all associated with this venture, which has created a new identity for the heritage city in India and all over the world.”

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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