Kumbh Mela enters UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity

Devotees take a holy dip in the Kshipra during the Simhastha Maha Kumbh Mela in Ujjain Madhya Pradesh on May 6

UNESCO accepted the art of Neapolitan "pizzaiuolo" on the world body's list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. "The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage under Unesco has inscribed "Kumbh Mela" on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during its 12th session held at Jeju, South Korea from 4-9 December 2017".

The appeal for the inclusion of kamancha in UNESCO list was jointly made by Azerbaijan's Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to UNESCO, as well as the Iranian side.

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The President congratulated those who made this worldwide recognition possible and said the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage not only celebrates human diversity and ingenuity, but raises "awareness of the importance of protecting our shared cultural heritage". Through their music, performers convey many themes, from the mythological to the gnostic and the comic.

The UN organisation also stated that the tradition of Kumbh Mela played "a central spiritual role" in India, encapsulating a diverse range of cultural customs. The Kumbh is held in Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik. The Committee also took note of the fact of knowledge and skills related to KumbhMela, which convey through the Guru-Shishyaparampara, which is known as a relationship between teacher and student as the saints and sadhus teaching their disciples about traditional rituals and chants to everyone. It is a social ritual and festive event closely linked to the community's perception of its own history and memory.

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