Garba, which is performed during the Navratri festival throughout Gujarat and many other parts of the country, was nominated by India to be on the list.
Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel made the announcement here on Wednesday that UNESCO has approved the inclusion of Gujarat’s traditional Garba dance in its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Treasure of Humanity.
Garba, which is performed during the Navratri festival throughout Gujarat and many other parts of the country, was nominated by India to be on the list. The ancient custom of honoring Goddess Mother in the shape of Grba is still going strong today. UNESCO has recognized garba, which has come to symbolize Gujarat, as part of its list of intangible cultural heritage, according to a post by Patel Om X. For Gujarat’s around the world, this is a cause for pride. This is the outcome of the nation’s legacy being valued under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s direction and being promoted internationally. Patel went on, “Congratulations to the people of Gujarat.”
During the 18th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguard of the Intangible Culture Heritage, which got underway in Kasane, Botswana, on Tuesday, the inclusion was made in accordance with the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Culture Heritage.
Gujarat’s Garba is the fifteenth Indian ICH element to be added to this list. This inscription emphasizes how important Garba is as a uniting factor that promotes gender and social inclusivity. According to an official release, garba is a dance form with deep ritualistic and devotional roots that unites people from all walks of life and continues to flourish as a vibrant living tradition that unites communities.
According to the UNESCO website, garba is a symbolic and devoted dance that is performed on the occasion of Navratri, a festival devoted to the worship of the feminine energy, or “Shakti.”
The dance is performed around an image of the mother goddess Amba or a perforated earthenware pot that is lit by an oil lamp. It continued, “The dancers use basic steps to move in a counterclockwise direction to make a circle in the center, along with singing and clapping.”
The tempo gradually increases from slow circular motions to a furious whirling. It stated that a wide range of people, including social groups, religious leaders, artists, dancers, and musicians, participate in Garba celebrations and preparations. Garba promotes social equality by weakening gender, religious, and socioeconomic hierarchies. It said that by remaining inclusive of various and marginalized communities, it strengthens social ties. Indian customs and cultural events like Durga Puja, Ramlila, Vedic Chants, and Kumbh Mela have already been inducted into the UNESCO list.