Yoga added to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

UNESCO on 30th Nov, added Yoga to its coveted list of intangible heritage, along with Cuba’s Rumba dance and Belgian beer to its coveted list of “intangible” heritage.
• The UN body also included Portuguese pottery and Ugandan traditional music in the list

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in India:
• Koodiyattam: Sanskrit Theatre, Kerala
• Traditional brass and copper craft of utensil making among the Thatheras, Jandiala Guru, Punjab (Inscribed in 2014)
• Ritual theatre Mudiyett of Kerala
• Sankirtana: Ritual singing, drumming and dancing of Manipur (Inscribed in 2013)
• The Tradition of Vedic Chanting
• Buddhist chanting of Ladakh: recitation of sacred Buddhist texts in the trans-Himalayan Ladakh region, Jammu and Kashmir, India (Inscribed in 2012)
• Ramlila: the Traditional Performance of the Ramayana (Inscribed in 2008)
• Chhau dance: a tradition from eastern India (Inscribed in 2010)
• Ramman: religious festival and ritual theatre of the Garhwal Himalaya
• Kalbelia: folk songs and dances of Rajasthan
• Yoga has now been inscribed in the UNESCO list during the 11th session in Ethiopia.
• India’s proposal for Yoga as an intangible heritage was unanimously supported by 24 members of the UNESCO committee.
• Yoga became the 13th intangible cultural heritage listed in India.

UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage
• Aims at ensuring better protection of important intangible cultural heritages worldwide and awareness of significance.
• List was established in 2008.
• This was the year 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage took effect.

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