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Kolkata thanks UNESCO for 'Intangible Cultural Heritage' tag to Durga Puja through massive rally

On December 15, UNESCO accorded ICH status to Kolkata's Durga Puja festivities, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lauding the move.

Published: 22nd December 2021 07:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd December 2021 07:10 PM   |  A+A-

Durga Puja

On December 15, UNESCO accorded ICH status to Kolkata's Durga Puja festivities. (Photo | Sunish P Surendran)

By PTI

KOLKATA: Thousands of residents of Kolkata from all walks of life on Wednesday took out a massive rally in the city to thank UNESCO for according Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) tag to Durga Puja festival.

Participants ranging from Durga Puja organisers to artisans, and people's representatives to common men and women walked the 2 km distance from Academy of Fine Arts to Dorina Crossing in the heart of the city in a colourful rally carrying 'Thank You UNESCO' placards amid sounds of the 'dhak', the traditional drum inseparable from West Bengal's biggest festival.

Rashbehari MLA Debasish Kumar, also a member of Forum for Durgotsab, said, "We have assembled here to celebrate the UNESCO honour to West Bengal's soul Durga Puja. This is an acknowledgement of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's drive to promote the festival globally."

Sculptor Sanatan Dinda said, "I couldn't hold back tears of joy on hearing the great news (of UNESCO tag). West Bengal's Durga Puja has assumed unbelievable aesthetic proportions in terms of creativity while still being rooted in its devotional aspect. It has risen over religious, linguistic barriers and turned out to be a universal festival of humanity."

Apart from hundreds of dhakis, Purulia's Chhau dancers flaunting their colourful masks, and women draped in white sarees with red border and holding prayer urns adorned the rally.

"The sound of dhak in Aswin (month of Bengali calendar when Durga Puja is celebrated) is now being heard across the globe. Thanks UNESCO," state minister Chandrima Bhattacharya, whose award-winning Hindustan Park Sarbajanin is one of the women-conducted pujas in the city, said.

On December 15, UNESCO accorded ICH status to Kolkata's Durga Puja festivities, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lauding the move.



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