UNESCO: Kolkatas Durga Puja as Intangible Cultural Heritage
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Durga Puja in Kolkata has been added to UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage for 2021.
This brings international recognition to the city’s 331-year-old Hindu festival and the state of West Bengal.
Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) applauded the UNESCO announcement since chief minister Mamata Banerjee is largely regarded as the festival’s most ardent supporter.
The number of items on the list of India’s Intangible Cultural Heritage has climbed to 14 with the addition of Durga Puja.
In Bengal, a total of 36,946 community Durga Pujas are held.
Around 2,500 of these are held in Kolkata. UNESCO has been pushed to recognize the celebration by many organizations in recent years.
Durga Puja is an annual event held in September or October in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, but also in other regions of India and among Bengalis living abroad.
Durga Puja is regarded as the best example of public religious and artistic performance, as well as a fertile field for collaboration artists and designers.
Large-scale installations and pavilions in metropolitan areas, as well as traditional Bengali drumming and Goddess devotion, highlight the festival.
As thousands of visitors roam around admiring the installations, the barriers of class, religion, and ethnicity fall away.