Kolkata’s Durga Puja is just a step away to get a recognition in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list of 2020 by UNESCO. Sangeet Natak Akademi, an organisation of Ministry of Culture, Government of India, has selected Durga Puja for India’s official nomination for UNESCO 2020 list of the cultural institutions from around the world keeping consent from state tourism department.
Being closely associated with Durga Puja for years, Sabarna Roy Choudhury Paribar Parishad who started Durga Puja in the year 1610 and is well-known for being the oldest Durga Puja of Kolkata, Kumartuli Sarbojanain Durgostsav, Sovabajar Sarbojanin Durgostsav and many other popular and old clubs, who perform Durga Puja every year in the city were asked for the consent on behalf of the nomination.
The nomination dossier has been prepared by the research team at Jadunath Bhavan Museum and Resource Centre (JBMRC) led by Professor Tapati Guha Thakurta. The team began by reviewing academic literature and media reports on Durga Puja alongside exploring the archival material on the element available at JBMRC.
Later, the Union Ministry of Culture approved the nomination and sent it to the UNESCO under the deadline of 31 March. The entire report has a detailed description of the ritual and the way of performing Durga Puja along with pictures and videos and how people from different stage are involved in the programme.
Durga Puja, though being an autumn festival gets its preparation throughout the entire year. The biggest street art is a way for the earning of thousands of people. The state government has started a carnival since 2015 which draws tourists from across the world, report The Statesman.