BuzzBytes New Delhi, 06 Dec 2023:
In a momentous achievement, the ‘Garba of Gujarat’ has been inscribed in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity by UNESCO, marking the 15th ICH element from India to join this prestigious list. This recognition was announced during the 18th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage held from 5th to 9th December 2023 in Kasane, Botswana.
*Significance of the Inscription:*
The inscription underscores the pivotal role of ‘Garba of Gujarat’ as a unifying force fostering social and gender inclusivity. Rooted in ritualistic and devotional traditions, Garba engages people from diverse backgrounds, thriving as a vibrant living tradition that brings communities together. The recognition highlights the commitment and efforts of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, in safeguarding, promoting, and preserving the nation’s intangible cultural heritage.
*Union Minister’s Perspective:*
Union Minister of Culture, Tourism & Development of North Eastern Region, Shri G. Kishan Reddy, expressed that this listing is a testament to the tireless efforts of the government, led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, to showcase India’s rich culture, traditions, and heritage to the world. The Evaluation Body of the 2003 Convention commended India’s dossier for nominating an element that champions unity in diversity and cultivates social equality.
*Global Visibility and Celebration:*
The UNESCO recognition is expected to significantly elevate the global visibility of ‘Garba of Gujarat’ and preserve its authentic essence. In celebration of this milestone, the Government of Gujarat is organizing curated ‘Garba’ events across districts in the state. At the UNESCO meeting venue, a troupe of 8 dancers from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations showcased the Garba dance form.
The UNESCO 2003 Convention’s Listing mechanism aims to enhance the visibility of intangible cultural heritage, promoting awareness of its significance and fostering dialogue respecting cultural diversity. India, elected to the 24-Member Inter-governmental Committee (IGC) of the ICH 2003 Convention in 2022 for a tenure of 4 years, played a key role in this year’s Intergovernmental Committee alongside other Member States.
This achievement stands as a proud moment for India, highlighting the cultural richness and diversity encapsulated in the traditional dance form of ‘Garba of Gujarat.