Intangible Cultural Heritage elements from India


  • A total of 13 Intangible cultural heritage (ICH) elements from India have been inscribed till date on the UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
  • For inclusion of an element in the list, the state parties are required to submit nomination dossier on the relevant element for evaluation and examination of the UNESCO Committee.
  • The Ministry of Culture has appointed the Sangeet Natak Akademi, an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Culture, as nodal office for matters relating to the intangible cultural heritage.

Complete List of Intangible Cultural Heritage elements from India

1 Koodiyattam- Sanskrit Theatre, Kerala
2 Mudiyett- a ritual theatre of Kerala
3 The Tradition of Vedic Chanting
4 Ramlila- the Traditional Performance of the Ramayana
5 Ramman- religious festival and ritual theatre of the Garhwal Himalayas
6 Kalbelia- folk songs and dances of Rajasthan
7 Chhau dance- a tradition from eastern India
8 Buddhist chanting of Ladakh
9 Sankirtana, ritual singing, drumming and dancing of Manipur
10 Traditional brass and copper craft of utensil making among the Thatheras of Jandiala Guru, Punjab
11 Yoga
12 Nowruz Navruz
13 Kumbh Mela (Recently added in 2017)


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