Each year, UNESCO adds cultural traditions and art forms around the world into the Intangible Cultural Heritage list, those are in “In need of urgent safeguarding” or in “Representative list of ICH of Humanity”.
- The nominees from India to the list are proposed by ‘Sangeet Natak Akademi’, an apex cultural body under the union cultural ministry.
- According to the TOI, for the year 2020, the classic festival of Durga Puja is nominated.
- If the entry of this mighty event takes place, it would surely be a matter of pride for every Bengali around the globe.
- The nomination was successful, owing to the presentation of Tapati Guha Thakurta, a history professor highlighting the rich history and culture of this century old festival. She said:
“The festival secures its secular identity, embedding in its contemporary global culture of touring, spectacle and entertainment.”
- The festival of Durga Puja is no more just a religious event but a cultural event, uniting people of different culture, caste, and religion.
- It portrays the artistic abilities of the talented craftsman. The epicentre of the festival, Kolkata attracts tourists all over the world owing to the grand celebration.
- Chairman of the West Bengal Heritage Commission Suvaprasanna said:
I am proud to be
the citizenof westBengal. There is no other festival in the world where so many people participate and which has so many aspects. This should inspire us to make it more attractive so that people around come here and we get an opportunity to showcase our culture.
- At present the ICH list bears 13 iconic cultural events and heritage sites from India, including the Kumbh Mela of Prayag, yoga, Buddhist chants, etc.
- There are a number of elements that has been nominated to the representative list like Qawwali, Kalamkari, nautanki theatre, but unfortunately were not selected by UNESCO.
So, in eager wait of the great news , lets keep our fingers crossed.