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S.NO Name of the Element Detail (PDF) Consent letters (PDF) Images Video Other reference links
1 Kutiyattam, Sanskrit Theatre (Inscribed-2008) http://kutiyattam.org/kutiyattam-kendra.html
2 Ramlila - The Traditional Performance Of The Ramayana (Inscribed -2008) http://indianculture.gov.in/unesco/intangible-cultural-heritage/ramlila-traditional-performance-ramayana
3 Novruz, Nowrouz, Nooruz, Navruz, Nauroz, Nevruz (Inscribed) https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/nowruzday ; https://www.un.org/en/observances/international-nowruz-day ; https://www.unescoparzor.com/
4 Ramman: Religious Festival And Ritual Theatre Of The Garhwal Himalayas (Inscribed) http://www.indianculture.gov.in/intangible-cultural-heritage/social-practices-rituals-and-festive-events/ramman-religious-festival https://www.culturenorthindia.com/
5 Chhau Dance (Inscribed) https://jharkhandculture.com/node/105 https://www.sangeetnatak.gov.in/centres-of-the-akademi/Chhau-Kendra http://purulia.gov.in/distAdmin/departments/dico/chau_dance.html https://mayurbhanj.nic.in/cul
6 Kalbelia: Folk Songs And Dances, Rajasthan, India (Inscribed) https://en.unesco.org/fieldoffice/newdelhi/ich_rajasthan https://youtu.be/MV7-lN731Y0 https://artandculture.rajasthan.gov.in/content/raj/art-and-culture/en/home.html# https://wzccindia.com/
7 Mudiyettu: Ritual Theatre And Dance Drama, Kerala, India (Inscribed) http://www.keralaculture.org/mudiyett/81 https://www.keralatourism.org/kerala-article/2017/mudiyettu/675 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMaTkdRUcQk
8 Buddhist Chanting Of Ladakh: Recitation Of Sacred Buddhist Texts In The Trans-Himalayan Ladakh Region, Jammu And Kashmir, India (Inscribed) https://indianculture.gov.in/unesco/intangible-cultural-heritage/buddhist-chanting-ladakh-recitation-sacred-texts-trans https://www.culturenorthindia.com/
9 Sankirtana, Ritual Singing, Drumming And Dancing Of Manipur (Inscribed) https://muc.ac.in/department-of-sankirtana/ https://artnculturemanipur.gov.in/en/ http://jnmdaimphal.com/ http://nezccindia.org.in/
10 Thatheras Of Jandiala Guru: Traditional Brass And Copper Craft Of Utensil Making, Punjab, India. (Inscribed) http://punjabgovt.nic.in/
11 Yoga (Inscribed - 2016) https://ich.unesco.org/en/RL/yoga-01163
12 Varanasi - Creative City Of Music (Inscribed - 2015) https://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/varanasi
13 Sowa Rigpa (Knowledge Of Healing Or Science Of Healing) https://www.sangeetnatak.gov.in
14 Kolam: Ritualistic Threshold Drawings And Designs Of Tamil Nadu, India http://www.tn.gov.in/
15 Music And Knowledge Of The Veena Stringed Instrument http://www.sangeetnatak.gov.in/
16 Chaar Bayt, A Muslim Tradition In Lyrical Oral Poetry, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh And Rajasthan, India http://upgov.nic.in/ http://www.mp.gov.in/ http://www.rajasthan.gov.in/
17 Chetttikulangara Kumbha Bharani Kettukazhacha http://kerala.gov.in/
18 Shadow Puppet Theatre Traditions Of India http://www.sangeetnatak.gov.in/
19 Sattriya Music, Dance And Theatre http://www.sangeetnatak.gov.in/ http://assamgovt.nic.in/
20 Patola: Double Ikat Silk Textiles Of Patan, Gujarat, India http://www.gujaratindia.com/
21 Lama Dances Of Sikkim: Buddhist Monastic Dances, Sikkim, India http://www.sikkim.gov.in/
22 Turban Tying In Rajasthan http://www.nationallibrary.gov.in/
23 Kalamkari Paintings http://www.aponline.gov.in/apportal/index.asp
24 Rathwa Ni Gher: Tribal Dance Of Rathwas, Gujarat, India http://www.gujaratindia.com
25 Sankheda Nu Lakh Kam: Lacquered Turned Wood Furniture Of Sankheda, Gujarat, India. http://www.gujaratindia.com
26 Qawwali http://www.sangeetnatak.gov.in/
27 Jangam Gayan http://haryana.gov.in/
28 Durga Puja In Kolkata ( Inscribed -2021) http://www.indiaich-sna.org/
29 Hingan: Votive Terracotta Painted Plaque Of Molela, Rajasthan, India. http://www.rajasthan.gov.in/
30 Phad: Scroll Paintings And Their Narration, Rajasthan, India https://www.sangeetnatak.gov.in
31 Nautanki http://www.sangeetnatak.gov.in/
32 Ranmale http://www.goa.gov.in/
33 Gaddi Jatar http://himachal.nic.in/welcome.asp
34 The Festival Of Salhesh, Bihar, India http://gov.bih.nic.in/
35 Nacha: Folk Theatre, Chhattisgarh, India http://chhattisgarh.nic.in/
36 Dashavatar: Traditional Folk Theatre Form, Maharashtra And Goa, India. http://ccrtindia.gov.in/theatreforms.php
37 Kumbh Mela (Inscribed - 2017 ) http://kumbh.gov.in/en https://prayagraj.nic.in/tourist-place/sangam/
38 Tradition Of Vedic Chanting (Inscribed - 2008) https://vedicheritage.gov.in/en/vedic-chanting-unesco/ http://ignca.gov.in/vedic-chanting-an-intangible-heritage/ http://indianculture.gov.in/unesco/intangible-cultural-heritage/tradition-vedic-chanti
39 Garba Of Gujarat http://www.gandhinagarportal.com/gandhinagar/events/ https://ahmedabadcity.gov.in/portal/jsp/Static_pages/navaratri_festival.jsp https://indianculture.gov.in/video/dances-wzcc https://wzccindia.com

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.

S.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

For all grantees and applicants of the "Scheme for Safeguarding the Intangible Heritage and Diverse Cultural Traditions of India" for the years 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17; Please note that the reconstitution of the Expert Committee is awaiting approval of the competent authority, therefore all pending releases and new evaluations will be done as soon as the committee gets constituted.

Scheme for “Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Diverse Cultural Traditions of India"

Project proposal for Scheme for 'Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Diverse Cultural Traditions of India' 2016-17(link is external)

India has a vast basket of living and diverse cultural traditions, traditional expressions, intangible cultural heritage comprising masterpieces which need institutional support and encouragement with a view to addressing areas critical for the survival and propagation of these forms of cultural heritage. Though, such preservation efforts are being carried out in a scattered form, a need is being felt to have an institutionalized and centralized Scheme for concerted efforts in the direction of professionally enhancing awareness and interest in Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), safeguarding, promoting and propagating it systematically.

2. For this purpose, the Ministry of Culture has formulated a Scheme titled “Scheme for Safeguarding the Intangible Heritage and Diverse Cultural Traditions of India”, with the objective of reinvigorating and revitalizing various institutions, groups, individuals, identified non-MOC institutions, non-government organisations, researchers and scholars so that they may engage in activities/ projects for strengthening, protecting, preserving and promoting the rich intangible cultural heritage of India.

3. The Scheme will cover all recognized domains of ICH such as oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage, Performing arts, Social practices, rituals and festive events,Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe,traditional craftsmanship etc.

4. Scope

The objective of the Scheme is to support and strengthen the efforts of various stakeholders vis-à-vis wider recognition and acceptance, dissemination, preservation and promotion of the rich, diverse and vast ICH of India including recognition of the same by the UNESCO. The Scheme aims to support
(i) Institutions/ Universities/ State Govts/ UT Administrations/ non-MoC Institutions/ Societies/ Non-government organisations, involved in the preservation and propagation of intangible cultural heritage, cultural expressions etc.
(ii) Individuals, researchers, scholars, professionals who are involved in the research, training, preservation, perpetuation, dissemination, and propagation of intangible cultural heritage, cultural expressions etc.

5. Assistance under the Scheme

Assistance under the scheme will be provided in the form of non-recurring grants, honoraria, infrastructure grants, etc. with a view to address areas critical for the survival and propagation of all forms of ICH by strengthening organisations/ individuals etc., mentioned in para 4 above, involved in keeping these cultural traditions/ expressions alive, also for preserving, disseminating, propagating etc. them by giving training support to students, artists, performers, to practitioners for workshops, performers documentation, database creation, and integration of education & culture etc.

6. Assistance will also be provided for short research and referencing work of relevance to ICH, its presentation, promotion as well as for projects in the field of heritage education, heritage popularization and publication work etc. focusing on ICH.

7. Activities that can be supported under the Scheme

The Scheme is very comprehensive in nature since it covers all the ICH forms of India. Ministry of Culture is already administering several schemes like Cultural Functions Grant Scheme, Salary/ Production Grant Scheme, Scholarship/ Fellowship Schemes. These Schemes cover only specific areas for preserving and promoting the ICH of India. The scheme accordingly adopts a comprehensive approach and covers complete range of all recognized domains of ICH as well as diverse cultural traditions of India. Financial assistance will accordingly be provided for the following activities relating to intangible cultural heritage/ diverse cultural traditions of India:
i. Documentation/ data creation/ cataloguing, etc. for the purpose of creating a National/ State/ District/ Local Level Register for Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
ii. Preservation, support and safeguarding of intangible cultural expressions/ diverse cultural traditions of India that are masterpieces, including preparations of nomination dossiers of intangible culture heritage for inscriptions by UNESCO, in order to address areas critical for the survival and propagation of these forms, giving training support to students and artists in these areas, support to practitioners for workshops, performances documentation and database-creation through various media, support for dissemination, etc.
iii. Activities for integration of education and culture with reference to ICH/ diverse cultural traditions of India.
iv. Support to initiative of Ministry of HRD in setting up Sector Skill Councils relating to art under National Vocational Educational Qualifications Framework (NVEQF)

8. Eligibility criteria/ conditions

The detailed eligibility criteria and amount of financial assistance under the scheme are as under:
(i) The applicant organisations/ institutions/ Societies/ State or UT administrations should have a properly constituted managing/ governing council/ body, having facilities & resources, past experience(s) etc. They will also have to submit a statement of their audited accounts for the last 3 years.
(ii) For organisations/ institutions/ registered bodies/ State Govts/ UT administration, Academies/ Universities, Societies, the amount of financial assistance for specific projects will be upto Rs. 10 lakh. For individuals, the amount of assistance would be upto Rs.5 lakhs.
(iii) The grant will be released in three installments - 50% in advance, 25% as 2nd installment after appraisal and balance 25% after completion of the project/ activity and submission of relevant documents as proof thereof. (iv) The fund release will be done by electronic transfer.

9. Publicity/ advertisement of the Scheme

An advertisement will be placed both on the websites of the Sangeet Natak Akademi/ Ministry of Culture as well as in the print media for inviting applications under the Scheme. A period of 60 days from the date of publication of the advertisement will be given for submission of applications for a given financial year.

10. Submission of Applications

The application, in the prescribed format as Annexed, will have to be addressed to the “Secretary, Sangeet Natak Akademi, 3rd Floor, Rabindra Bhawan (Opp. Mandi House Doordarshan Kendra), 35 Feroze Shah Road, New Delhi -110001”, as per the details mentioned thereon. Iincomplete application or application received after the prescribed last date of submission of application will not be considered.

11. Processing of applications

(i) After receipt of the applications, the applications will be processed by the Sangeet Natak Akademi.
(ii) Any proposal/ application that can be covered under the specific schemes under Ministry of Culture will not be considered under this scheme, and the applicant would be intimated accordingly. For this purpose, a Sub Committee/ Sub Group out of the Expert Committee, mentioned under the Scheme, will be formed to scrutinize/ screen the proposals/ applications.
(iii) The complete applications will be placed before an Expert Committee constituted every two years.
(iv) The Expert Committee, while recommending the project, may/ shall fix also the time lag for completion of the activity proposed for submission of claims for 2nd/ 3rdinstalments.
(v) The recommendations of the Expert Committee would be sent to the Ministry of Culture for approval of the competent authority.
(vi) After approval of the competent authority, the list of approved proposals/ cases would be displayed at the websites of the Sangeet Natak Akademi/ Ministry of Culture. In addition, separate communications may be sent to the concerned proposers/ applicants.
(vii) After approval of the competent authority, 1st installment of the sanctioned amount will be released through electronic transfer.
(viii) An appraisal of the project would be undertaken by the members of the Expert Committee, or Sangeet Natak Akademi or by any designated agency/ official including the Ministry of Culture or any of its organization(s) prior to the release of the 2nd installment of funding. In case time limit is not adhered to, as mentioned in Para 11(iv) above, the disqualification/ recovery clause may be imposed.
(ix) The final installment of funding will be released after completion of the project and submission of documents as proof thereof. The installments will be released in the ratio of 50:25:25.

12. Documents to be furnished along with the application

I. For organisations/ Institutions/ Groups

i. Copy of the Registration Certificate/ Act/ Government Resolution or Order whereby the Organization became a legal entity.
ii. Constitution of the Organization, Memorandum of Association, Rules and Regulations, where applicable.
iii. Present composition of the Board of Management and/ or Governing Body.
iv. Copy of the latest available Annual Report.
v. A detailed proposal including description of the proposal for which assistance is requested along with its duration and the qualifications and experience of the staff/ person(s), if any, to be engaged for the project ; and vi. Financial statement of the proposal giving item wise details and the source(s) from which funds will be obtained.
vii. An undertaking that no proposal of the similar nature has been made under any other Scheme of the Ministry of Culture or its organisations.
viii. A Statement of income and expenditure of the applicant Organization/ Institution for the previous three years and a copy of the Balance Sheet for the previous year certified by a Chartered Accountant or Government Auditor.
ix. An Indemnity Bond in the prescribed Performa on a stamp paper of appropriate denomination, duly signed by the authorized signatory of the applicant Organization.
x. Details of the bank account in the prescribed Performa to enable electronic transfer of sanctioned funds.

II. For individuals

For proposals submitted by individuals, out of the documents specified above, the documents mentioned at (i) to (iv) above will not be required to be submitted. The applicant will instead furnish his/her personal particulars and a brief description of the activities/work done by him/her in the ICH of India in the last five years.
i. One attested copy of degrees, diplomas and certificates, etc. if any, in support of the statement made regarding education qualifications, experience, etc. in the application. In no case should the original documents be attached.
ii. One recent passport size photograph;
iii. Attested copies of documents/ photographs of the work done and achievements in the ICH of India.

13. Disqualification Clause

The applicant shall be liable for disqualification if any of the clauses/ conditions of the undertaking given by him/ her is subsequently found to be false/ incorrect.

14. The Expert Committee

(i) The Expert Committee will be constituted, with the approval of the competent authority in Ministry of Culture, for a period of two calendar years
(ii) The members including Chairman of the Expert Committee will be nominated from different domains of ICH/ diverse cultural traditions of India as proposed by the Sangeet Natak Akademi and approved by the competent authority.
(iii) Renowned expert of ICH/ diverse cultural traditions of India would be the Chairman of the Expert Committee.
(iv) Joint Secretary concerned in the Ministry of Culture and Secretary, Sangeet Natak Akademi would be the ex-officio members of the Committee. Secretary, Sangeet Natak Akademi or In-charge thereof would be the convener of the meetings of the Expert Committee.
(v) The number of members of the Expert Committee would be proportionate to the population of various States/ Union Territory (UT). Normally, one member would be selected for every four crore population of the respective State/ UT. These criteria may be relaxed in case of States/ UTs in order to ensure that at least one member is selected from each State/ UT.
(vi) Sub-Committee(s)/ Group (s) may be formed from amongst the EC members with reference to the objectives of the Scheme. Each Sub Committee/ Group will have at least 7 members.

15. Creation/ development of infrastructure

No fund will be granted for creation of infrastructure and physical assets under the scheme.

16. Monitoring Mechanism

An appraisal/ inspection of the beneficiary may be done by the Expert Committee/ Sub-Committee or any other designated agency/ officials including Ministry of Culture or any of its organizations at any point of time. Ministry of Culture will be kept informed, through periodical reports/ returns, etc. of the progress of the implementation of the scheme. Joint Secretary concerned in the Ministry of Culture may call at any time, any detail/ information including officials concerning the Scheme.

17. Compliance of financial regulations

All financial regulations/ instructions including provisions of GFRs/ DFPRs, including that concerning advance settlement of due UCs etc. from the grantee/ beneficiary, as applicable, will be complied with. Accordingly, accounts of the implementing agency will be open to audit/ inspection by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India including internal audit by the CCA/ Ministry of Culture.

18. Relaxation/ amendment inguidelines

Any relaxation/ amendment to these guidelines may be carried out by the competent authority after following the procedure followed under the scheme i.e. Secretary (Culture), with the concurrence of IFD/ AS&FA.

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 Culture's letter no.2-21/2011-UNESCO cell 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 and even thousands of of years.

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