UNESCO declares ‘Durga Puja in Kolkata’ as 'intangible cultural heritage of humanity'

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Dec 15, 2021, 07:57 PM(IST)

UNESCO commended Durga Puja for its initiatives to involve marginalised groups (Photo Courtesy: UNESCO) Photograph:( Others )

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With the inclusion of the Durga Puja on its list, India now has 14 'intangible cultural heritage' elements on UNESCO's representative list on intangible cultural heritage.

UNESCO has inscribed "Durga Puja in Kolkata" on the representative list of "intangible cultural heritage of humanity".

The decision was made by the intergovernmental committee of UNESCO’s 2003 convention on the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage during the 16th session held in France.

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UNESCO's committee commended Durga Puja for its initiatives to involve marginalised groups and individuals including women during Durga Puja. 

With the inclusion of the Durga Puja on its list, India now has 14 "intangible cultural heritage" elements on UNESCO's representative list on intangible cultural heritage including Kumbh Mela and Yoga.

India is a signatory of the 2003 UNESCO convention which aims at safeguarding intangible heritage.

According to UNESCO, intangible cultural heritage is defined by "practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills including instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated with communities and groups". It also recognises individuals in some cases as a part of "cultural heritage". 

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Applauding the decision, India's culture and tourism minister G Kishan Reddy said the recognition is a "celebration of feminine divinity and the spirit of womanhood".

(With inputs from Agencies)

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