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Two brave Lithuanian bikers‘ expedition „From Baltics to Bengal“ on a single side-car bike after 90 years repeat the journey from Lithuania to India, done by legendary Lithuanian explorer Antanas Poška

Created: 2019.03.07 / Updated: 2019.03.07 15:04
      Two brave Lithuanian bikers‘ expedition „From Baltics to Bengal“ on a single side-car bike after 90 years repeat the journey from Lithuania to India, done by legendary Lithuanian explorer Antanas Poška
      Two brave Lithuanian bikers‘ expedition „From Baltics to Bengal“ on a single side-car bike after 90 years repeat the journey from Lithuania to India, done by legendary Lithuanian explorer Antanas Poška
      Two brave Lithuanian bikers‘ expedition „From Baltics to Bengal“ on a single side-car bike after 90 years repeat the journey from Lithuania to India, done by legendary Lithuanian explorer Antanas Poška
      Two brave Lithuanian bikers‘ expedition „From Baltics to Bengal“ on a single side-car bike after 90 years repeat the journey from Lithuania to India, done by legendary Lithuanian explorer Antanas Poška
      Two brave Lithuanian bikers‘ expedition „From Baltics to Bengal“ on a single side-car bike after 90 years repeat the journey from Lithuania to India, done by legendary Lithuanian explorer Antanas Poška

      Some serious Delhi travellers, bikers and just adventure lovers could not get enough of stories, told by Rimas Bružas and Aurimas Mockus about their journey „From Baltics to Bengal“ at the „Kunzum Travel Cafe“ recently. The duo followed the route of the prominent Lithuanian traveller Antanas Paškevičius (Poška) trip to India 90 years ago.

       

      Antanas Poška was a Lithuanian traveller, anthropologist, who in 1929 with his friend set out on motorbike from Lithuania to India, where he wanted to study the links between Lithuanian Language and Sanskrit. Held back for some time by illness in Iran, he reached India in 1930 alone. He studied in Mumbai University for a while and later in University of Calcutta. He stayed in India for 5 years and was part of anthropological research expeditions across India. He had met with M. Gandhi and visited Rabindranath Tagore, upon the latter‘s invitation, has translated several of his writings, has also translated Bhagavadgita into Lithuanian language. He was awarded the posthumous honorary doctorate degree in 2014 by the University of Calcutta, and Poška‘s daughter Laimutė Kiselienė had received it on his behalf from the President of India at the University. The commemorative plaque for A. Poška was installed in the University of Calcutta in 2015 by the innitiative of Lithuanian Embassy and the help of Mr. Arvind Sukhani, Honorary Consul of Lithuania in Kolkata. A. Poška has written and published diaries of his travels "From Baltic Sea to Bengal" in 8 volumes. Following these diaries Rimas Bružas and Aurimas Mockus came to India 90 years later.

       

      In Lithuania the statue in honour of A. Poška (traveller on the motorbike) was erected in the seaport town of Klaipėda by the innitiative of Aurimas Mockus, biker enthusiast. Aurimas Mockus together with another biker enthusiast Rimas Bružas on October 17, 2018 have set out on a single side-car motorbike on the trail of Antanas Poška, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of his journey. Rimas Bružas is also a history enthusiast, journalist and producer of documentary films, TV shows author and anchor.  The trip of the Lithuanian travellers was being documented along the way and will result in historical travel series for the Lithuanian National TV.

      Lithuanian travellers have visited University of Calcutta, and met with the Vice Chancellor Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, to whom they handed the symbolic gift – Lithuanian ethnic band of honour- which they carried all throughout their journey from Lithuania, on request of Laimutė Kiselienė, daughter of the legendary traveller, researcher and adventurer Antanas Paškevičius Poška. Travellers also met met with the students of the University, who were keen listeners to the stories about the mission of the Expedetion „From Baltics to Bengal“.

      H.E. Mr. Julius Pranevičius, Lithuanian Ambassador in India, has joined the Lithuanian travellers at the University of Calcutta and spoke to the Faculty and the students about the relevance of this historic connection through Antanas Poška, and 90 years later, through Rimas Bružas and Aurimas Mockus, to the development of the bilateral relations between Lithuania and India today.

      After 106 days journey and 15,000 km on the motorcycle bikers returned to Lithuania with a promise to come back and continue tracing Antanas Poška route in India. Big thanks to Rimas Bružas and Aurimas Mockus for the initiative, strength, determination and adding to the bond between Lithuania and India! Looking forward to the journey reflections on Lithuanian national TV and to welcome back travellers here in India.

      Special thanks to Adventures Overland and Kunzum Travel Café for hosting the evening. Looking forward to see more travellers on bikes from India in Vilnius this summer.

      For more information about expedition "From Baltics to Bengal" read in The Telegraph: https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/duo-retrace-route-of-lithuanian-antanas-poska-who-travelled-to-calcutta-90yrs-ago/cid/1685822

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