UNESCO recognizes Kumbh Mela as "intangible cultural heritage of humanity"; heres more

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The President congratulated those who made this global 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".

The decision was taken by a panel of the United Nations body at a meeting in Jeju, South Korea.

The inscription of the Kumbh Mela was recommended by the expert body which examines the nominations submitted by member states.

The session, which started on December 4, is to end on December 9. "This inscription is the third in two years following the inscriptions of "Yoga" and "Norouz" on 1st December 2016", said the Ministry of External Affairs in a press statement. The Committee observed that ´KumbhMela´ is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth.

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The Kumbh Mela at Ujjain began in the 18th century, when the Maratha ruler Ranoji Shinde invited ascetics from Nashik to Ujjain for a local festival.[18] Like the priests at Allahabad, the pandits of Nashik and Ujjain, competing with other places for a sacred status, may have adopted the Kumbh tradition for their pre-existing melas.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said recognition of Kumbh Mela is a matter of huge joy and pride for India.

The Committee also took note of the fact that knowledge and skills related to ´KumbhMela´ are transmitted through the Guru-Shishyaparampara (teacher-student relationship) by way of saints and sadhus teaching their disciples about traditional rituals and chants. "A very proud moment for us", Union culture minister Mahesh Sharma tweeted.

Kamancha is an essential part of musical culture in both countries, and while crafting the instrument represents a direct source of earning a living, craftspeople also perceive the art as a strong part of the intangible cultural heritage of their communities.

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