GUWAHATI: The Assam government is planning to enlist Assam’s Bihu in UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural heritage, and a meeting was organised regarding the same with the Minister of Cultural Affairs, Bimal Bora, as the chairman. UNESCO’s ICOMOS coordinator for the Northeast region, Dilip Changkakoti, was also present for this meeting, and he provided some insight into the documentation and regulations needed towards the inclusion of Bihu in the list and ensured his complete support regarding the matter.
Oral traditions, environmental arts, social traditions, knowledge dissemination, customs, festivals, works related to the universe and nature, and the knowledge and skills of traditional art creators are considered for inclusion in UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Kumbh Mela, Durga Puja of West Bengal, Manipuri Sankirtan, and some other traditions have already made their way to this list.
The minister ordered the concerned officials to organise the necessary documentation as soon as possible so that the same can be placed for consideration at the ICOMOS meeting scheduled to be held in Melbourne in December 2023.