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Intangible Cultural Heritage

UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS | UNESCO PANEL ON INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE | 08TH JULY | ALL INDIA RADIO

SYLLABUS SECTION:

WHY IN THE NEWS?

Recently, India has been electing to the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) for the 2022-2026 cycle.

MORE DETAILS:

  • India has serve as a member of the ICH Committee twice — from 2006 to 2010 and from 2014 to 2018.
  • India will now be a part of two prominent Committees of UNESCO ICH (2022-2026) and World Heritage (2021-2025).
  • The core functions of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the ICH to promote the objectives of the convention,
  • They provide guidance on best practices and make recommendations on measures for the safeguarding of the ICB.
  • The Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention comprises 24 members and is elects in the General Assembly of the Convention,
  • According to the principles of equitable geographical representation and rotation.
  • States Members to the Committee are electing for a term of four years

INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE:

  • Cultural Heritage includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditionsperforming artssocial practices, rituals, festive eventsknowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.
  • The importance of ICH is not the cultural manifestation itself but rather the wealth of knowledge and skills that is transmitting through it from one generation to the next.
  • Intangible cultural heritage is:
  • Traditional, contemporary and living at the same time:
  • Inclusive
  • Representative: intangible cultural heritage is not merely value as a cultural good, on a comparative basis, for its exclusivity or its exceptional value.
  • Community-based: intangible cultural heritage can only be heritage when it is recognized as such by the communities, groups or individuals that create, maintain and transmit it – without their recognition, nobody else can decide for them that a given expression or practice is their heritage.

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