India’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage is extremely diverse, rich and ancient. The value of the tangible heritage of monuments, temples and other works of art such as paintings, sculptures and handicrafts has been acknowledged and efforts are being made to restore, maintain and conserve these cultural expressions. However, the less visible forms of cultural heritage, pertaining to oral traditions, aesthetic and religious beliefs, rituals and festivals, arts, music, folk traditions, dances, theatre forms, performing arts and narrative styles of storytelling have not, until recently, received much attention. The paper makes a critical assessment of the necessity, importance and significance of protecting this cultural heritage. It then addresses several issues related to the preservation and conservation of India’s intangible cultural heritage. Lastly, it suggests ways and means to preserve, safeguard, maintain and strengthen India’s rich and diverse, multi-cultural, multi–linguistic cultural heritage so that it remains a vibrant, dynamic and living part of community life.
|Keywords:||Intangible Cultural Heritage, Preservation, Multi-Cultural, Multi-Linguistic, India|
Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India
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