Welcome to the National
database of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of India.
In fulfilment of its
obligations under the UNESCO convention on ICH, a statute
to which India is a signatory, the Ministry of Culture,
Govt. Of India, has declared the Sangeet Natak Akademi,
India’s apex body on culture, as the Nodal centre
for coordinating India’s nominations for various
lists and other actions such as developing and maintaining
the National Inventory of ICH through the Ministry of
dated 21 February, 2011.
The Sangeet Natak Akademi’s
nomination as the ICH Nodal agency has been endorsed,
as required by the Akademi’s constitution, by its
duly constituted Executive Board and General Council.
The Akademi is an autonomous body engaged in the work
of preserving and promoting the traditional cultural heritage
of India’s rich performing arts of classical dance,
music, theatre, puppetry, crafts and folk arts and is
represented on its General Council by India’s top
cultural and artistic personalities.
As the first step in the making
of a National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage
(ICH), this website offers collective ICH database of
a variety of well-known institutions and organisations
engaged in culture. The National database of Intangible
Cultural Heritage also has a link
to the current and ongoing nomination, documentation,
attachments and audio-visual materials of each of the
chosen elements in its entirety. Each element is supported
by the requisite documents by the community engaged in
the work of preservation and promotion of each. It is
indeed the result of the participating bodies’ demand
to be placed on the UNESCO Representative List. The respective
ICH elements are also part of a larger database culled
from regional institutions located all over India and
are a product of the community's knowledge of their micro
and macro profiles garnered over their intimate association
with this knowledge gained over hundreds and even thousands
of of years.