Preserving India’s Intangible Cultural Heritage: Issues and Challenges

By Anita Bhela.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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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

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 5, pp.207-214. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 596.957KB).

Dr. Anita Bhela

Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India

Dr. Anita Bhela (Ph.D., India, 1994, M.Phil., University of Delhi, India, 1980) is an Associate Professor of English at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, University of Delhi, Delhi, India. She is associated with numerous professional bodies and has conducted workshops and published articles in National and International Conferences. She is the India representative for the Asia Association for Global Studies and is a member of the editorial board of the AAGS Journal. Her area of research is English Language Teaching, Comparative Studies and Indian Religion and Culture. Presently, she is part of the Materials Team for the English Language Proficiency Course being conducted by the Institute Of Life Long Learning, University of Delhi, Delhi, India. She has also been the College Coordinator for this Course.


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