Durga Puja in Kolkata has just been inscribed on the #IntangibleHeritage list.Congratulations #India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also shared UNESCO's tweet, lauding this achievement. His tweet read, "A matter of great pride and joy for every Indian! Durga Puja highlights the best of our traditions and ethos. And, Kolkata’s Durga Puja is an experience everyone must have".Suvaprasanna, the chairman of State Heritage Commission, said the Red road carnival, which displays the craftsmanship that goes into the making of Durga puja pandals, have made more people across the world aware of the grandeur that is synonymous with the festival.
A matter of great pride and joy for every Indian!
Durga Puja highlights the best of our traditions and ethos. And, Kolkata’s Durga Puja is an experience everyone must have. https://t.co/DdRBcTGGs9— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 15, 2021
The decision to include Durga Puja in the list was taken during the sixteenth session of the annual convention of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage held online from December 13 to December 18.
In a press release, the organisation described the festival 'as the best instance of the public performance of religion and art, and as a thriving ground for collaborative artists and designers'. It stated that the festival signifies 'home-coming' to one's roots.