Sankirtana is a form of performing art involving ritual singing, drumming and dancing; it was inscribed on UNESCO’s ‘intangible heritage’ list in 2013
Imphal: The state government on Tuesday observed the ‘day of inscription of Sankirtana of Manipur in the UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ at Guruaribam Mandap near Thumbuthong in Imphal East district.
UNESCO’s ‘Representative List’ seeks to create awareness about the intangible heritage of a community, provide recognition to its tradition and how it is reflected in the community’s cultural diversity.
The announcement to inscribe Sankirtana on the Representative List was announced at the eighth session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee in Baku, Azerbaijan, held from December 2 to 7 in 2013.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Manipur minister for art and culture L Jayantakumar Singh said that the state is known across the globe for its rich art and culture. “The enthusiasm taken by our elders to enlighten our indigenous art and cultural form is really commendable. Honouring our culture is as similar as honouring our society and its legacy,” he added.
The minister further maintained that encouragement of the objectives and the prospects of the department of art and culture will lead to its goal. Feedback and cooperation are required from the public in this regard, he added. The government is also making all-out efforts to include Manipuri language in the list of Indian Classical languages, he added.