The National Inventory includes genres of different Intangible Cultural Heritage elements which have been extracted from the ICH applications submitted by practitioners and stakeholders who are contributing towards the promotion, preservation and safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of India from 2013-2016. This is a dynamic page which is regularly updated.

 The scheme - ‘Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Diverse Cultural Traditions of India’ was formulated by the Ministry of Culture.  The objective was to strengthen and protect the rich intangible cultural heritage of India. Beginning in 2013, the scheme aims at reinforcing the diverse cultural expressions that are necessary for the continuous evolution and interpretation of intangible cultural heritage in India, as well as their transmission to future generations.

 



No.
Genre/Form
Description
STATE
1
Aipan Art
It is the traditional Kumaoni Folk Art practiced by women of Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand
2
Aji Lamu Pantomime
It is a Folk Dance of Monpa Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
3
Alabida Moharrum Songs of Karnataka Karnataka
4
Alibakshi Khayal and Pandwan Ka Kadda
A genre of classical singing of Mewat in Haryana and Rajasthan.
Rajasthan
5
Ankiya Nat
It is practiced at the Sattra community of Majuli Islands
Assam
6
Atharvaveda The Atharvaveda is the fourth text of the Vedas and it describes the procedures for everyday life
Maharashtra
7
Attaprakaram Elucidation of Koodiyattam techniques in written form Kerala
8
Bacha Nagma It is an exceptional dance form accompanied with Sufi songs
Jammu & Kashmir
9
Bahurupia Performance Also called Impersonation, involves the techniques of impersonation.
Rajasthan
10
Batik art on leather It is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to cloth
Madhya Pradesh
11
Baul A musical tradition of West Bengal West Bengal
12
Bhaderwah tradition Rituals pertaining to the worshipping of Snakes Jammu & Kashmir
13
Bhakhan Traditional folk dance of Jammu and Kashmir Jammu & Kashmir
14
Bhand Merasi Theatrical Elements of Punjabi Folk Forms
Punjab
15
Bhand Paether Traditional folk entertainers of Jammu and Kashmir which includes actors, dancers, minstrels, storytellers and impressionists Jammu & Kashmir
16
Bhari Gan A folk theatrical performance from Assam
Assam
17
Bideshiya Lok Natya It is a Folk Dance of Bihar, famous in the Bhojpur region
Bihar
18
Bidroher Loka Gaan Folk songs of rebellion West Bengal
19
Birha It is a famous form of folk music which revolves around separation Madhya Pradesh
20
Biya Marriage system and rituals of the communities of Assam Assam
21
Biyah, Bhaktimulak and Nisukoni Geet Folk Songs of Assam sung by women Assam
22
Bonobibir Pala and Tarja It is a ritual wherein the guardian spirit of the forest is venerated by the residents of the Sundarbans West Bengal
23
Bundeli Ramlila A cultural tradition of Narsinghpur Janpad of Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh
24
Chadaini Gatha Gayan The singing of the Chadaini tales of Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh
25
Chadhia-Chadhiani and Lalita-Sabar Folk dramas of West Bengal West Bengal
26
Chanchar Kumaoni Folk Dance of Uttarakhand Uttarakhand
27
Chavittu Natakam It is a highly colourful Latin Christian classical art form which originated in Kerala
Kerala
28
Chaya Nacha Puppet Dance of folk culture of Odisha Odisha
29
Chhapeli A Kumaoni Folk Dance of Uttarakhand Uttarakhand
30
Chhau Dance of Odisha Masks & Masked dance of Odisha Odisha
31
Chhau Dance of Purulia It is a form of Chhau Dance in West Bengal, also an inscibed element of the UNESCO Representative List West Bengal
32
Chhau Mask Making Traditional way of making masks for Chhau Dance Jharkhand
33
Chindu Bhagavatham A Dalit folk theatre of Telangana Telangana
34
Chinj Traditional folk dance of Jammu and Kashmir Jammu & Kashmir
35
Chokri (Chakhesang) Nagas Folk Songs of Chokri Nagas Nagaland
36
Choliya Dance A Kumaoni traditional dance form of Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand
37
Danda Nacha Folk dance of Dhenkalan district of Odisha Odisha
38
Dastaan Also called Dastangoi, it is a 16th-century Urdu oral storytelling art form Jammu & Kashmir
39
Deoal Chitra and Alpana A visual art form of drawing on the wall and the floor using rice powder West Bengal
40
Dhaku Traditional folk dance of Jammu and Kashmir Jammu & Kashmir
41
Dhamali
It is a devotional dance performed in ceremonies Jammu & Kashmir
42
Dhap Nach It is a Tribal Folk Dance of Odisha Odisha
43
Dhimaryai Traditional Folk Songs of Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh
44
Dhobiya Folk Songs of Uttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh
45
Dree and Murung Dree and Murung Festivals are traditional cultural expressions of The Apatani Tribe in Arunachal Pradesh Arunachal Pradesh
46
Ektop Also called Taktor, it is a ritual of protection against evil spirits. Arunachal Pradesh
47
Folklores of Deepor Beel Environmental Folklores of Deepor Beel Assam
48
Gamra Kumaoni Folk Dance of Uttarakhand Uttarakhand
49
Ganda Baja An age old folk music and dance of Odisha Odisha
50
Gangaur traditions A women centric popular traditional festival of  Rajasthan Rajasthan
51
Geetru Traditional folk dance of Jammu and Kashmir Jammu & Kashmir
52
Ghazal  The tradition of lyric poem with a fixed number of verses Jammu & Kashmir
53
Ghudka Naach A tribal and folk dance of Odisha Odisha
54
Guadiya A traditional dance form of Bengal West Bengal
55
Hafiz Nagma It is a form of Sofiana Mosiqui tradition Jammu & Kashmir
56
Hapu Gaan Traditional Folk song of Midnapur of West Bengal West Bengal
57
Haran Traditional folk dance of Jammu and Kashmir Jammu & Kashmir
58
Hill Jatra A Kumaoni festival celebrating the plantation of paddy in Uttarakhand Uttarakhand
59
Hirni Birni Lok Gatha Folk Songs and Folk Tales of Bihar Bihar
60
Idu Mishimi Rituals Funeral Rituals of Arunachal Pradesh Arunachal Pradesh
61
Jagar Gathas Folk tales of Garhwal and Kumaon Hills of Uttarakhand Uttarakhand
62
Jangal Mahal A tribal culture of West Bengal West Bengal
63
Jata Patha Ghanpatham An oral subtext of Vedas Maharashtra
64
Jhangiya  Folk Songs of Uttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh
65
Jhoda  Kumaoni Folk Dance of Uttarakhand Uttarakhand
66
Jhumar  A traditional Folk Song of Odisha Odisha
67
Jun Beel Mela A heritage fair and traditional kingship institution of the Tiwa tribes of Assam Assam
68
Kachchi Ghodi A folk dance of Rajasthan where the dancers stand within the cast of a horse and perform with it Rajasthan
69
Kaharuva Folk Songs of Uttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh
70
Kajali Teej It is  form of Teej festival usually celebrated 2-3 days after Raksha Bandhan Uttar Pradesh
71
Kajari Folk Dance It is a Folk Dance of Bihar and is associated with season songs Bihar
72
Kalanga Dance A tribal dance tradition of Western Odisha Odisha
73
Kalaripayuttu A martial art form which originated in Kerala Kerala
74
Kanthgeet of Kinnars The vocal songs of the transgenders of Delhi Delhi
75
Kariyala Folk theatre form of Himachal Pradesh Himachal Pradesh
76
Karkan Traditional folk dance of Jammu and Kashmir Jammu & Kashmir
77
Kashmiri Sufiana Mousiqi

A spiritual musical genre of Kashmir

Jammu & Kashmir
78
Kelakeluni, Danda and Chalti Ghoda Dance Folk Dance Forms of Odisha Odisha
79
Khamayati A traditional Rajasthani musical culture Rajasthan
80
Kinnari Vina
The Classical music tradition of Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
81
Kirtniya Natak It is a form of Maithili theatre Bihar
82
Kondha  A tribal culture of Kalahandi district of Odisha Odisha
83
Kramadeepika Elucidation of Koodiyattam techniques in written form Kerala
84
Kud Traditional folk dance of Jammu and Kashmir Jammu & Kashmir
85
Kumaoni Folktales Folk Tale traditions of Kumaon Himalayas Uttarakhand
86
Kumaoni Holi It is a historical and cultural celebration of the Hindu festival Holi in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand Uttarakhand
87
Kusan Gaan Kusan Gaan are the Folk Songs of Sikkim Sikkim
88
Lai Haraoba A festival of Manipur associated with Meiteis, celebrated to please deities Manipur
89
Langa Songs Folk Songs of Langa tribes of Rajasthan Rajasthan
90
Lok Natya Swang A popular impersonation folk dance theatre form in Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh
91
Longpi Craftsmanship It is a traditional craftsmanship of black stone pottery Manipur
92
Luddi A rare folk dance of Himachal Pradesh Himachal Pradesh
93
Luka Katha Folk Tales of Kashmir Jammu & Kashmir
94
Maatir Taan Bratachari A spiritual movement initiated in 1932 West Bengal
95
Madhubani Painting It is practiced in Mithila of Bihar and is usually done with fingers, twigs, matchsticks, etc. Bihar
96
Making of Rudra Veena The traditional form of making of the Rudra Veena Rajasthan
97
Mandakam Songs and dance of North Bengal West Bengal
98
Mangniyar Lok Sangeet A Folk culture of Rajasthan Rajasthan
99
Mare-Gan An epic singing performance of Assam Assam
100
Marsiya Moharrum Songs of Karnataka Karnataka
101
Mayur Veena It illustrates the techniques of playing the Mayur Veena Uttar Pradesh
102
Mitti Kalakaar It elucidates the techniques used by the potters of Delhi/ NCR Delhi
103
Mizhavu Making A traditional form of making Mizhavu which is played as an accompanying percussion instrument in Koodiyattam Kerala
104
Moirang A folklore form of Manipur Manipur
105
Monpa Art A visual art form of Arunachal Pradesh Arunachal Pradesh
106
Nachni Dance It is a popular dance of the rural community of Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha
107
Narsingh Leela It is a ritual of worshipping Lord Narsimha, an avatar of Lord Vishnu Uttar Pradesh
108
Nattu Adi Murai A martial art form of Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu
109
Nautanki A popular folk operatic theatre performance Uttar Pradesh
110
Nazhu A festival of the Pochury, a Naga tribe of Meluri village Nagaland
111
Nocte Rituals Agricultural Lore and Rituals of Nocte Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
112
Odishan Ritual Practice Ritual practices of Odisha Odisha
113
Odissi A Classical Indian dance that originated in Odisha Odisha
114
Oggukatha Traditional Folk Theatre of Andhra Pradesh Andhra Pradesh
115
Ottan Thulla It is a dance and poetic performance form of Kerala Kerala
116
Paag, Pagdi and Safas A technique of tying a headdress Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan
117
Pala Gayan  It is a musical tradition of West Bengal West Bengal
118
Pathhron ka Mela A festival of Himachal Pradesh Himachal Pradesh
119
Pinnal Kolattam A Folk dance of Tamil Nadu performed in groups using ropes Tamil Nadu
120
Pothi Ghara Palm leaf notes and scripts of Odisha Odisha
121
Povada Kathagayan A musical story telling tradition of Maharashtra that enlists miracles Maharashtra
122
Putula Naach It is a traditional puppet theatre of Assam Assam
123
Qawwali A spiritual musical genre of Delhi Delhi
124
Rai It is a dance form of Baghelkhand performed by a man impersonating a woman Madhya Pradesh
125
Rajbanshi Folklores Folklores of Rajbanshi society of Cooch Behar district of West Bengal West Bengal
126
Ramleela of the Dalit Community It enumerates the contribution of Dalit Community in Ramleela and Rama’s Story in North India Uttar Pradesh
127
Ramlila  A folk enactment of Ramayana Rajasthan
128
Rammat A Folk dance of Rajasthan Rajasthan
129
Ranapa Dance  A folk dance on the stilts prevelant among the cowherd communities of Odisha Odisha
130
Ratha Saptami A Hindu cultural festival of Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu
131
Rawat Naach It is a folk dance festival of cowherds of Chhattisgarh Chhattisgarh
132
Rivaayat Moharrum Songs of Karnataka Karnataka
133
Rong Khli Also called Tiger festival, it is a major traditional festival held when a tiger is killed   Meghalaya
134
Salhesh Ritualistic festival of Dusadh dalit community. Bihar
135
Sammi A dance form of Punjab Punjab
136
Sankirtana Ritual singing, drumming and dancing of Manipur Manipur
137
Santoor Making
It elucidates the techniques of Santoor Making Bihar
138
Saura Paintings It is a style of wall paintings associated with the Saura tribe of Odisha Odisha
139
Sawal Jawab Moharrum Songs of Karnataka Karnataka
140
Seraikella Chhau A form of Chhau Dance Jharkhand
141
Shamanic Songs It is a ritualistic living tradition of Arunachal Pradesh Arunachal Pradesh
142
Shasthi Mangal and Shitala Mangal The dramatic folk songs of Medinipur of West Bengal West Bengal
143
Shatpath Brahman (Madhyandin) It is a prose text describing Vedic rituals, history and mythology associated with the Sukla Yajurveda Maharashtra
144
Shekhawati Paintings It is remarkable for mural paintings which adorn the walls of many buildings, including havelis Delhi
145
Shikalpan and Khousaba Ritual ceremony of the dead people of Phayeng Caste Manipur
146
Shivratri An all night long festival regaling Lord Shiva in Himachal Pradesh Himachal Pradesh
147
Singrai The folk songs of Santhals of Odisha Odisha
148
Sowa Rigpa An ancient Indian medical system conceived and propounded by Lord Buddha in India and later enriched in the Trans Himalayan region. It has been developed and incorporated in to different environmental and cultural contexts through the centuries. Leh-Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
149
Subhadradhananjayam A theatrical aspect of Koodiyattam Kerala
150
Tangkhul Nurabi A ritual and performance of Manipur Manipur
151
Tatvapada Moharrum Songs of Karnataka Karnataka
152
Tharu The cultural traditions of Tharu people  Uttarakhand
153
The making of Pena The technique of making of Pena, an instrument used in folk music Manipur
154
The technique of Shree Khol The technique of creating a terracotta drum played in devotional music West Bengal
155
Therukoothu An ethno cultural dance form of Tamil Nadu performed on the streets Tamil Nadu
156
Thok Leela A folk theatre of Manipur
Madhya Pradesh
157
Tholpavakoothu A form of shadow puppetry practiced in Kerala Kerala
158
Tholu Bommalata A form of shadow puppetry practiced in Andhra Pradesh Andhra Pradesh
159
Tiwa Folk Songs Folk Songs of Tiwa tribe of Assam Assam
160
Tuluni It is a festival of Sumi Naga tribe of Nagaland Nagaland
161
Veeragatha A traditional folk performance describing bravery and valour Andhra Pradesh
162
Velip Tales Tales from the Velip community of Goa Goa
163
Waza Waza Banjara is a musical tradition of Karnataka Karnataka
164
Yakshagana It is a traditional theatre form that combines dance, music, dialogue, costume, make-up, and stage techniques with a unique style and form Karnataka
165
Zadipatti Rang Bhumi Also called the theatre of the jungle, it is a traditional theatre of Eastern Vidharba  Maharashtra