UNESCO - Yoga in the representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Yoga, India’s one of the ancient practices has now been inscribed as an element in the UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during the 11th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


  • India’s proposal for inscribing Yoga as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity was unanimously supported by all the 24 members of the Intergovernmental Committee.

  • Yoga has become the 13th intangible cultural heritage that has been listed from India so far with UNESCO.

  • Previous ones include the Chhau dance (inscribed in 2010), the Buddhist chanting of Ladakh (inscribed in 2012), Sankirtana – the ritual singing, drumming, and dancing of Manipur (inscribed in 2013), the traditional brass and copper craft of utensil making among the Thatheras of Jandiala Guru, Punjab (inscribed in 2014) and Ramlila - the traditional performance of the Ramayana (inscribed in 2008).

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