TEMPLE RUN The odyssey into Odissi is about to begin and Bhubaneswar becomes the epicentre of this voyage. “This is where my journey began,” recalls Datuk Ramli. It was 1978 and the young ballet dancer packed up everything he owned to seek out Guru Debaprasad Das to learn everything he could about the dance. “Back then, Bhubaneswar was just one big village with throngs of people, rickshaws and, of course, the ubiquitous cows!” he exclaims with a laugh. “But I keep coming back. There’s something special about this place and the people.” Looking out at the vast expanse of Odisha’s capital city, I’d soon discover why.
While Bhubaneswar prides itself as an emerging information technology (IT) and education hub in modernday India, this city first emerged around the first century