Navratri: Why Gujarat wants UNESCO label for garba

Navratri: Why Gujarat wants UNESCO label for garba

Garba, the soulful dance of Gujarat on Navratri, aspires to be considered a UNESCO heritage site, preserving the traditional essence and cultural identity.

When in Gujarat, it is impossible to miss the soulful sentiment of Atul Purohit’s songs during the majestic cultural festival that is Navratri. This classical singer has been singing in the garba grounds of Vadodara for many years to keep the traditional tone of folk dance intact. But 2023 is special for all Gujaratis. It is not because they are congregating on garba grounds after a two-year hiatus following the pandemic. There is tremendous excitement that garba could well gain UNESCO’s prestigious Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity status in 2023.

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