Azerbaijan's Kamancha included in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list

Azerbaijan's Kamancha included in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list

The recognition follows an earlier decision by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation to inscribe the Irish Folklore Commission Collection into its "Memory of the World" register.

The external affairs ministry today said the recognition was accorded by the Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, an entity which works under UNESCO.

Other winners this year were the ritual Kumbh Mela baths taken in India, Bosnian woodcarving, and the "Sega tambour" dance and song performances of Mauritius' Rodrigues Island.

Neapolitan pizza-widely considered the best in the world, thanks to a centuries-old crafting style and wood-burning ovens-is now considered an worldwide treasure worthy of a place on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The committee observed it was the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth.

An expert body, which recommended the nomination of Kumbh Mela, said that Kumbh will always maintain its continuity as it is an event where Guru-Shishya parampara is given preference.

The session, which started on December 4, is to end on December 9. In the ensuing battle between Devas and Asuras, a few drops of this nectar fell in Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nasik and since then KumbhMela has been held in these places.

"As a religious festival, the tolerance and inclusiveness that Kumbh Mela demonstrates are especially valuable for the contemporary world", the MEA said in its statement.

The UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list was created in 2003 to protect endangered cultural practices and expressions such as Turkish oil-wrestling and a Mongolian coaxing ritual for camels.

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