The Union Minister for culture (I/C) Mr. Prahlad Patel launched the national list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of India (ICH) in New Delhi on 18th April ‘2020, Speaking on the occasion, Shri Patel said that India houses a repository of unique intangible cultural heritage traditions, 13 of which have also been recognized by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage of humanity. The national ICH list is an attempt to recognize the diversity of Indian culture embedded in its intangible heritage. He said that it aims to raise awareness about the videos intangible cultural heritage elements from different states of India at national and international level and ensure their protection. This initiative is also a part of the vision 2024 of the Ministry of culture
The National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of India is an attempt to recognize the diversity of Indian culture embedded in its intangible heritage. It aims to raise awareness about the various intangible cultural heritage elements from different states of India at national and international level and ensure their protection.
Following UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, this list has been classified into five broad domains in which intangible cultural heritage is manifested:
• Oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage
• Performing arts
• Social practices, rituals and festive events
• Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
• Traditional craftsmanship
The present items in the list have been collated from the projects sanctioned under the scheme for ‘Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Diverse Cultural Traditions of India’ formulated by the Ministry of Culture. Beginning in 2013, the scheme aims at reinforcing the diverse cultural expressions that are necessary for the continuous evolution and interpretation of intangible cultural heritage in India, as well as their transmission to future generations. It also includes the 13 elements of India that have already been inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Out of these, 5 are from Madhya Pradesh & 2 from Chattisgarh.
They are :
Chaar Bayt: A Muslim tradition in lyrical oral poetry ( Oral traditions and expressions; including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage, Location : Bhopal )
Kumbh Mela ( Social practices, rituals and festive events, Location : Ujjain )
Bhagoriya Dance ( Performing arts, Location : Jhabua )
Narmada Parikrama ( Social practices, rituals and festive events, Location : Alongside river Narmada )
Rai Nritya/Bedni Dance ( Performing Arts, Location : Ashok Nagar )
Nacha Folk Theatre ( Performing arts, Location : The entire State of Chhattisgarh in India except Bastar and Sarguja regions )
Rawat Nach Mahotsav ( Performing arts, Location : Chattisgarh )