Garba Of Gujarat : Intangible Cultural Heritage
The vibrant and culturally rich dance form, ‘Garba of Gujarat,’ has earned a prestigious place in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity by UNESCO.
- The recognition was formalized during the 18th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage held from 5th to 9th December, 2023, in Kasane, Botswana.
- The dance form’s significant role as a unifying force, promoting social and gender inclusivity. Rooted in ritualistic and devotional traditions, Garba brings together individuals from diverse backgrounds, thriving as a vibrant living tradition that fosters community cohesion.
- The UNESCO 2003 Convention’s Listing mechanism aims to enhance the visibility of intangible cultural heritage, raise awareness of its significance, and promote dialogue that respects cultural diversity.