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‘Proud Moment’: Garba of Gujarat included in Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list

Gujarat: The Garba dance of Gujarat has been added to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (ICH) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). On Wednesday, a government statement said that the adding of Garba inscription underscores Garba’s pivotal role as a unifying force that fosters social and gender inclusivity.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Gujarat: The Garba dance of Gujarat has been added to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (ICH) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). On Wednesday, a government statement said that the adding of Garba inscription underscores Garba’s pivotal role as a unifying force that fosters social and gender inclusivity.

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The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity is composed of intangible heritage elements that help to demonstrate the diversity of this heritage and raise awareness of its importance, according to UNESCO. On social media platform X, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendera Patel said that terming Garba’s addition to the list as a “proud moment for Gujarat and India”.

He tweeted, “Garba’s inclusion in the Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage list is truly a proud moment for Gujarat and India. It is an honour given by the world to the ancient culture of India.” Garba from Gujarat is the 15th ICH element from India to be included in this list. Garba as a dance form is deeply rooted in ritual and devotion, involving people from all walks of life and growing into a vibrant living tradition that brings communities together.

Gujarati dance has been inscribed on the list of ICH of Humanity under the provisions of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage during the 18th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage from December 5 to 9, 2023 in Kasane, Botswana.

Telangana BJP chief G Kishan Reddy also shared a post on the same, saying that the listing was a testimony to the “tireless efforts of this government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to showcase our rich culture, traditions and heritage to the world”.

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In a social media post on X, Union Minister of Culture, Tourism & Development of North Eastern Region Shri G Kishan Reddy said that this listing is testimony to the tireless efforts of the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to showcase our rich culture, traditions and heritage to the world.

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