UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List - 2018

UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List


The UNESCO’s coveted 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 Convention for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage came into effect. It includes important intangible cultural heritages worldwide. It has two parts viz. Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of urgent Safeguarding. Kumbh Mela is the latest addition from India to the list.

1. Koodiyattam, Sanskrit Theatre, Kerala
2. Mudiyett: a ritual theatre of Kerala
3. The Tradition of Vedic Chanting
4. Ramlila –
the Traditional Performance of the Ramayana
5. Ramman: religious festival and ritual theatre of the Garhwal Himalayas
6. Kalbelia: folk songs and dances of Rajasthan
7. Chhau dance: a tradition from eastern India
8. Nauroz : Parsi new year.
9. Buddhist chanting of Ladakh: recitation of sacred Buddhist texts in the trans-Himalayan Ladakh region, Jammu and Kashmir, India
10. Sankirtana, ritual singing, drumming and dancing of Manipur
11. Traditional brass and copper craft of utensil making among the Thatheras of Jandiala Guru, Punjab
12. Yoga
13. Kumbh Mela

Yakshagana is a traditional theatre form that combines dance, music, dialogue, costume, make-up, and stage techniques with a unique style and form. This theatre style is mainly found in Tulunadu and some parts of Malenadu regions of Karnataka and Kerala. Yakshagana is traditionally presented from dusk to dawn. Its stories are drawn from Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavata and other epics from both Hindu and Jain traditions.

Ankia Naat are a class of one act plays performed in Assam. The invention of the Ankia Naat is usually attributed to the medieval saint and social reformer Srimanta Sankardeva. These plays were written in an artificial Assamese-Maithili mixed language called Brajavali and are primarily centered on Krishna. A particular presentation of an Ankia Naat is called a Bhaona. The plays are usually combine live instruments and singers, dance and elaborate costumes in production.

This information was given by Minister of State (IC) for Culture and Minister of State for Environment, Forest & Climate Change Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha on 5th March 2018.

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