Union Minister for Culture (I/C) Shri Prahlad Singh Patel launches the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of India in New Delhi today. It aims to raise awareness about various intangible cultural heritage elements from different states of India, at national and international level and ensure their protection.
Speaking on the occasion Shri Patel said that India houses a repository of unique Intangible Cultural Heritage(ICH) traditions, 13 of which have also been recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Following UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, this list has been classified into five broad domains in which intangible cultural heritage is manifested:
i) Oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage
ii) Performing arts
iii) Social practices, rituals and festive events
iv) Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
v) Traditional craftsmanship
The present items in the list have been collated from the projects sanctioned under the scheme for ‘Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Diverse Cultural Traditions of India’ formulated by the Ministry of Culture in 2013. As of now the list has more than 100elements, It also includes the 13 elements of India that have already been inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
For Manipur Mao Oral Tradition, Khor (Rice beer of Tankhul), Pena, Sankirtan, Applique, Thok Lila, and Death rites of Phayeng are included in the list.
Photo Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pena_(musical_instrument)
Source: PIB and Ministry of Culture, India website