UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists in India

UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists in India

UNESCO established its Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage with the aim of ensuring better protection of important intangible cultural heritages worldwide and the awareness of their significance. This list is published by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the members of which are elected by State Parties meeting in a General Assembly. Through a compendium of the different oral and intangible treasures of humankind worldwide, the programme aims to draw attention to the importance of safeguarding intangible heritage, which UNESCO has identified as an essential component and as a repository of cultural diversity and of creative expression. The list was established in 2008 when the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage took effect.

Koodiyattam: a Sanskrit theatre of Kerala2008
Mudiyett: a ritual theatre and dance drama of Kerala2010
Vedic chantings: recitation of sacred Hindu texts2008
Ramlila: the traditional performance of the Ramayana2008
Ramman: a religious festival and ritual theatre of Garhwal, Uttarakhand2009
Kalbelia: folk songs and dances of Rajasthan2010
Chhau dance: a classical dance form of Odisha and West Bengal2010
Ladakh Buddhist chantings: recitation of sacred Buddhist texts in Ladakh2012
Manipuri Sankirtana: a ritual singing, drumming and dancing of Manipur2013
Traditional brass and copper craft of utensil making among the Thatheras of Jandiala Guru, Punjab2014
Yoga: ancient Indian physical, mental and spiritual practices originating in ancient India2016
Kumbh Mela: mass Hindu pilgrimage held at Haridwar of Uttarakhand, Nashik of Maharashtra, Prayagraj of Uttar Pradesh and Ujjain of Madhya Pradesh2017

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