UNDERSTANDING THE SACRED CULTURAL LANDSCAPE OF EKAMRA KSHETRA, BHUBANESHWAR
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Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha is also known as the Temple City of India on account of its numerous temples. The rich built heritage of the historic city and associated living traditions bear testimony to a continuous history of more than 2 millennia. Amongst its monuments, the temples built between the 7th and 13th Century AD representing the complete evolution of Kalinga School of Architecture are the most significant. Many of these temples are located on the banks of the sacred Bindusagar Lake, the centre of the sacred cultural landscape of ‘Ekamra Kshetra’. In 2014, Ekamra Kshetra was placed on the tentative list of World Heritage Sites of UNESCO.
The course’s objective is to develop an understanding of cultural landscapes as a complex layering of natural features, built heritage, religious beliefs, cultural practices, building traditions, crafts, socio-economic processes and evolving urban context through the case of Ekamra Kshetra. The students will develop an ability to relate cultural heritage resources like arts, crafts, literature, ritual, festivals and architecture to natural landscape and historical processes using tools like architectural documentation, research, analysis, thematic mapping and community engagement. It will also help develop their capacity to identify landscape elements and cultural heritage resources that constitute a cultural landscape and evaluate the impact of nature on culture and vice versa through an understanding of people-place relationships. The study will focus on Bindusagar Lake and its immediate surroundings.Refer Work plan for Site Details.
Expenses for Students : Material cost :Rs.500/, Food & Stay cost : Rs.19000/, Local travel cost : Rs.2500 /as mentioned in expenses.

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