The United Nations Instructional, Scientific and Cultural Group (UNESCO) accepted an invite from the Mamata Banerjee-government to take part in pre-Durga Puja celebration scheduled on September 1.
In December 2021, the most important competition in West Bengal received a heritage tag with the UN company inscribing “Durga Puja in Kolkata” on the “Consultant Checklist of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”.
On Tuesday, Eric Falt, director and UNESCO consultant to India, Bhutan, the Maldives and Sri Lanka despatched a letter to the state’s chief secretary confirming the company’s participation.
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“In recognition of the distinctive and vital relationship between West Bengal and our group, the Director Basic is happy to direct the participation of myself and Tim Curtis, secretary of the 2003 Conference for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Thus, I take this chance to substantiate our joint participation within the celebration,” Falt wrote within the letter.
Round 37,000 group pujas are organised throughout the state yearly.
Of those, round 2,500 are held in Kolkata. A number of organisations had urged UNESCO to recognise the competition.
Discussion board for Durgotsav, a platform of practically 500 main Durga Pujas within the metropolis and its adjoining areas will organise a mega rally on September 1 to thank UNESCO for giving Durga Puja a heritage tag.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee is predicted to be in attendance.
This yr, Durga Puja will likely be held within the first week of October.
In 2020 and 2021, the Calcutta excessive courtroom had imposed a number of restrictions on the motion of pandal hoppers and puja committees due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In accordance with a research commissioned by the state authorities in 2018, the financial worth of the inventive industries that crop up across the Durga Puja is value ₹32,377 crore.