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

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


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