UNESCO intangible cultural heritages from India-Updated

  1. Koodiyattam – a Sanskrit theatrical tradition practised in a province of Kerala, traditionally performed in theatres called as Kuttampalams located in the hindu temples.
  2. Vedic Chanting – the tradition of Vedic chanting, chanted during sacred rituals and recited daily by the Vedic communities known not only for the rich content of its oral literature but also for the ingenious techniques employed by the Brahmin priests.
  3. Ramlila – The traditional performance of Ramayana performed across North India during the festival of Dussehra. Most representative are those performed in Sattna, Vrindavan, Varanasi and Ramnagar .
  4. Ramman – A religious festival in honour of the tutelary god, Bhumiyal Devta practised in the villages of Saloor-Dungra in the state of Uttarakhand. Each of the caste and occupational groups has distinctive roles in the festival.
  5. Mudiyett – A ritual dance drama from the state of Kerala based on a mythological tale of battle between Darika – the demon and goddess Kali.
  6. Kalbelia – A folk song and dance form of Rajasthan. ‘Khanjari’ percussion instrument and the ‘Poongi’, a woodwind instrument are used during the performance. Kalbelia songs disseminate mythological knowledge through stories. At times, the lyrics are spontaneously composed and improvised during the performance.
  7. Chhau Dance – A tradition from eastern India that enacts episodes from epics including the Mahabharata and Ramayana, local folklore and abstract themes. It is closely connected to the regional festivals specifically the Chaitra Parva.
  8. Buddhist Chanting – The sacred texts chanted by the Buddhist lamas (priests) in the Ladakh region. Each of the Buddhist sects has several forms of chanting.
  9. Sankirtana – Includes a set of arts performed to mark religious occasions and various stages in the life of the Vaishnava people of the Manipur plains. 
  10. Traditional brass and copper craft of utensil making – The craft of the Thatheras of Jandiala Guru constitutes the traditional technique of manufacturing brass and copper utensils in Punjab.
  11. Yoga – The art of unifying the mind with body and soul for greater spiritual, mental and physical well-being. It consists of a series of poses, meditation, controlled breathing, word chanting etc.
  12. Nawrouz – The Persian New year celebrated worldwide. It invloves street performances of music and dance, public rituals involving water and fire, traditional sports and the making of handicrafts.
  13. Kumbh Mela – The festival of a sacred pitcher where the piligrims bathe or take dip in the sacred river. It is one of the largest human congregations in the world. It is held in four pilgrimage places on the sacred rivers in Haridwar, Ujjain, Nashik and Prayag.

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