Eighteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, an international convention of UNESCO being held in Botswana is likely to give Garba dance of Gujarat UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Tag Today.
14 cultural elements figure in the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO so far. Others inscribed on this list are Ramlila, Vedic Chants, Buddhist Buddhist chanting of Ladakh, Kumbh Mela and Kolkata’s Durga Puja.
Garba, a form of Gujarati dance originated in Gujarat, India, drives it’s name from the Sanskrit term Garbha ( womb). Traditionally garbas are performed in a circle around a centrally lit lamp or a picture or statue of goddess Shakti during the nine-night Hindu festival called Navratri in the first nine days during first fortnight of the last lunar month of Ashwin, as per Hindu calender.
The dance of Garba which celebrates divinity in it’s feminine form might be 15the on the Indian Heritage On The Global Intangible Heritage List.Garba was nominated for inclusion to the list in 2022.
On the occassion of adding Durga Puja in the list, Secretary of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Tim Curtis had said that India “a whole breadth and diversity in its intangible cultural heritage” while praising for its rich and diverse cultural heritage.
India offers more intangible cultural heritage practices than any other country in the world which need to be preserved.
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