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UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage

About UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage:

  • The list is made up of those intangible heritage elements that help demonstrate diversity of cultural heritage and raise awareness about its importance. 
  • The list was established in 2008 when the Convention for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage came into effect. 
  • UNESCO maintains three lists under its “Intangible Cultural Heritage” banner: 
    1. The list of intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding, 
    2. The list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity
    3. The register of good safeguarding practices. 
  • Some of the criteria for inclusion in the representative list are if the inscription of the element will ensure visibility and awareness of it and if the element has been nominated after having “the widest possible participation” of the community, group or individuals concerned and with their free, prior and informed consent.

From India the Intangible Cultural Heritages added into this list include:

  1. Tradition of Vedic chanting
  2. Ramlila, the traditional performance of the Ramayana
  3. Kutiyattam, Sanskrit theatre
  4. Ramman, religious festival and ritual theatre of the Garhwal Himalayas.
  5. Mudiyettu, ritual theatre and dance drama of Kerala
  6. Kalbelia folk songs and dances of Rajasthan
  7. Chhau dance
  8. Buddhist chanting of Ladakh: recitation of sacred Buddhist texts in the trans-Himalayan Ladakh region, Jammu and Kashmir.
  9. Sankirtana, ritual singing, drumming and dancing of Manipur
  10. Traditional brass and copper craft of utensil making among the Thatheras of Jandiala Guru, Punjab
  11. Yoga
  12. Nowruz
  13. Kumbh Mela