‘Garba of Gujarat’ Declared As Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO

  • Inscribed in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity by UNESCO.
  • Under the provisions of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
  • During the 18th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. 
  • Meeting held from 5th -9th December, 2023 in Kasane, Botswana.
  • To celebrate this remarkable occasion, 8 dancers from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, showcased the Garba dance form at the meeting venue.
  • India, the Government of Gujarat is organizing several curated ‘Garba’ events across districts in Gujarat to celebrate this milestone.
  • India was elected to be part of the 24 Member Inter-governmental Committee (IGC) of the ICH 2003 Convention in 2022 for a tenure of 4 years.
  • Alongside India, this year’s IGC comprised Angola, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Czechia, Ethiopia, Germany, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

Garba of Gujarat:

  • It is the 15th ICH element from India to join the list.
  • It underscores Garba’s role as a unifying force that fosters social and gender inclusivity.
  • It is a form of Gujarati Dance.
  • Its name is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Garbha’.
  • It is traditionally performed during Navaratri before Goddess Shakthi or Durga 
  • Nowadays men and women perform Garba and Dandiya dance together.
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