Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Wednesday said the state's popular Garba dance has been included in UNESCO's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (ICH). India had nominated Garba, which is to be held across Gujarat and several other parts of the country during the Navratri festival, for inclusion in the list.
"The centuries-old tradition of devotion to the Mother Goddess in the form of Garba is alive and growing. Garba, which has become an identity of Gujarat, has been approved by UNESCO under its Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
"It is a proud moment for Gujaratis spread across the world. This is the result of the importance being given to the country's heritage under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and taking such heritage to the world. Congratulations to the people of Gujarat."
It was added to the list under the provisions of the 18 Convention on the Conservation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage during the 2003th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee to Protect the Intangible Cultural Heritage that began in Kasane, Botswana, on Tuesday.
"Garba dance of Gujarat is the 15th intangible cultural heritage of India to be included in this list. This achievement underlines the important role of Garba as a unifying force that promotes social and gender inclusiveness."
"Garba as a dance form deeply rooted in tradition and reverence that is being embraced by people from all walks of life is evolving into a vibrant tradition uniting communities," the release said.
According to the UNESCO website, Garba is a "ritualistic and devotional dance" performed on the occasion of the Navratri festival, dedicated to the worship of Adishakti.
This dance takes place around the Kalash, in which the flame burns. Along with this, there is a picture of Goddess Mother Amba. The dancers dance in a circle clapping rhythmically. India's traditions or cultural events such as Ramlila, Vedic chanting, Kumbh Mela and Durga Puja have already found a place in the UNESCO list.
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