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Yoga entered Intangible Cultural Heritage List of UNESCO from India

Yoga became the new intangible cultural heritage from India that has got entry into UNESCO’s list.

Yoga joined UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity after an Indian proposal in this regard was unanimously supported by all the 24 members of the Intergovernmental Committee of the body at its session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

UNESCO established its lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage with the aim of ensuring the better protection of important intangible cultural heritage 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.

India’s existing entries include

  1. Ramlila- the traditional performance of the Ramayana (2008)
  2. Kuttiyatam-Sanskrit theatre from Kerala (2008)
  3. Tradition of Vedic chanting (2008)
  4. Novruz- Persian new year (2009)
  5. Ramman- religious and ritual theatre of Garhwal Himalaya (2009)
  6. Kalbelia folk songs and dance of Rajasthan (2010)
  7. Mudiyettu-ritual theatre and dance drama of Kerala (2010)
  8. Chhau dance from Jharkhand (2010)
  9. Buddhist chanting of Ladakh (2012)
  10. Sankirtana – the ritual singing, drumming, and dancing of Manipur (2013)
  11. The traditional brass and copper craft of utensil making among the Thatheras of Jandiala Guru, Punjab (2014)
  12. Yoga-(2016)

Recent government initiative to promote Yoga

  • Due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative, United Nation declared June 21st as the International Yoga Day in 2014.
  • Government of India has been taking forward the momentum created by celebration of International Yoga Day in 2015 and 2016 with greater and more active participation of youth & other stakeholders of the community.
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