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16th December, 2021 Culture and Heritage


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  • The 16th Committee of UNESCO for safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in its meeting held in Paris has inscribed DURGA PUJA in KOLKATA on the representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.



  • This is the 1st festival in Asia to achieve recognition as UNESCO ICH of Humanity.
  • UNESCO’s list of intangible culture is an annual list which focuses on those forms of performing art which are of outstanding value but are vulnerable due to lack of support.
  • Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was adopted in 2003. India ratified it in 2007.
  • In total, 14 Intangible Cultural Heritage elements from India have now been inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List.


List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity 

  • UNESCO established it‘s Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage with the aim of ensuring better protection of important intangible cultural heritages worldwide and the awareness of their significance.
  • The list was established in 2008 when the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage took effect.


13 other elements apart from Durga Puja