• Minister of Culture and Tourism informed Parliament about the Measures taken by Government to preserving and promoting the traditional cultural heritage of India.
• The Ministry of Culture formulated a scheme titled “Scheme for Safeguarding the Intangible Heritage and Diverse Cultural Traditions of India”, with the objective of promoting the rich Intangible Cultural Heritage of India.
• India has successfully inscribed 13 Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) elements in the UNESCO Representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity under the 2003 Convention.
• As the first step towards the making of a National Inventory of ICH, the Ministry of Culture (MoC) has put up a list in April,2020 on its website called “National list for ICH”.
• The National list of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of India is an attempt to recognize the diversity of Indian Culture embedded in its Intangible Heritage.
Following UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, this list has been classified into five broad domains in which Intangible Cultural Heritage is manifested:
• Oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
• Performing Arts
• Social practices, Rituals and Festive events
• Knowledge and practices concerning Nature and the Universe
• Traditional Craftsmanship
Mains Paper 1: Art and Culture
Prelims level: Scheme for Safeguarding the Intangible Heritage and Diverse Cultural Traditions of India
Mains level: Government to preserving and promoting the traditional cultural heritage of India