India held a celebration here on Saturday to mark the UNESCO label awarded to the Durga puja festival in Kolkata last December as it reaffirmed its commitment to protecting and preserving its rich intangible cultural heritage.
The event was held here at the National Museum in the presence of top officials from UNESCO, who praised India for its iconic and historical monuments and its rich and diverse living heritage.
The Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage had added Durga Puja in Kolkata to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity last December.
It received the honor at its 16th session in Paris, France.
The Committee had praised Durga Puja for his initiatives to involve marginalized groups, both individuals and women, in their participation in protecting the element.
Lily Pandeya, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, who organized the event, said: “We are gathered here to celebrate the inclusion of Durga Puja in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the 14th ICH element inscribed on the list”.
The 10-day festival, which kicks off in the last week of next month, represents the “female ‘shakti’ (strength)”.
In her speech, she highlighted the “tried friendship” between India and UNESCO, charting the country’s association with the world from the outset.
India has recently been elected as a member of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Tim Curtis, Secretary of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage, and Director and UNESCO Representative for the UNESCO Office in New Delhi, Eric Falt, were on stage at the event.
“India offers perhaps more intangible cultural heritage practices than any other country in the world. And many of them need to be protected. At UNESCO, we work closely with the Government of India in preserving monuments and intangible cultural heritage, which tourists often miss or are not much aware of it,” Falt said in his speech.
And the recent inclusion of Durga Puja in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity reflects how all stakeholders came together.
A workshop on capacity building on the protection of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) was also launched on that occasion.
This event also kicks off a year-long range of capabilities, including workshops, ICH-related activities and programs, Pandeya said.
“Diverse cultures, traditions and rich ethos! India’s rich heritage is unparalleled in the world. As an early signatory to the Convention for the Protection of ICH, India is constantly promoting ways to promote its living heritage,” it tweeted. Ministry of Culture.
A dance performance by a company on the theme of Durga Puja was also organized during the event.
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