India elected to UNESCO panel on Intangible Cultural Heritage

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India has been selected in the 'Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO's 2003 Agreement for the Protection Standards of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)' for the period 2022-2026.

  • Important facts

  • India has previously been a member of the ICH committee twice, from 2006 to 2010 and from 2014 to 2018.

  • India is included in two prestigious committees of UNESCO. Among these are the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2022–2026) and World Heritage (2021–2025) committees.

  • This will be another opportunity for India to re-establish the values of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam'."

  • According to the Union Ministry of Culture, four seats were vacant in the Asia-Pacific grouping and six countries - India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Thailand - had submitted their candidatures.

  • According to the statement, India got 110 votes out of 155 countries.

  • The Intergovernmental Committee on the 2003 Agreement has 24 members.

  • India's 'Intangible Cultural Heritage' recognized by UNESCO

  • (1) Tradition of Vedic chanting (3) Ramlila, traditional performance of Ramayana (3) Kutiyattam, Sanskrit theatre (4) Ramman, religious festivals and rituals of the Garhwal Himalayas, India (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 Scriptures in the Ladakh Region of the Himalayas, Jammu and Kashmir, India (9) Sankirtana, Traditional Singing, Nagade of Manipur and dance (10) Brass and copper utensils made by Thathers of Punjab (11) Yoga (12) Navroz, (13) Kumbh Mela (14) Durga Puja, Kolkata.

  • UNESCO was established in the year 1945 to develop the "intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind" in the form of lasting peacekeeping.

  • UNESCO officially recognizes sites of cultural and natural importance as World Heritage.

  • India has a total of 40 Tangible Heritage Heritage Sites (31 Cultural, 8 Natural and 1 Mixed) and 14 Intangible Cultural Heritages recognized by UNESCO.

  • Abstract culture

  • Intangible culture is the wealth of a community, nation, etc., which continues to prosper over the centuries, overwhelming the subconscious of that community or nation.

  • Intangible culture is available in the form of heritage to the present generation by assimilating the characteristics of its contemporary generations over time.

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