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Vedic Chanting Declared Intangible Heritage Of Humanity By UNESCO
INDIA, Nov 15 (VNN) — The oral tradition of vedic chanting has been declared intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO. In a meeting of jury members on 7 th November, 2003 at Paris, Mr. Koichiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, declared the chanting of vedas in India outstanding example of heritage and the form of cultural expressions. The proclamation says in the age of globalisation and modernisation when the cultural diversity is under pressure, the preservation of oral tradition of vedic chanting, a unique cultural heritage has great significance. Total 80 entries were received for this purpose from all over the world and the jury members included Dr. Richard Kurin, Director of the Center for Folklore and Cultural Heritage of the Smithsonian Institution (United Nations), Mr. Juan Goytisolo Writer (Spain), Mr. Yoshikazu Hasegawa (Japan), Ms. Olive W.M. Lewin. Pianist, ethnomusicologist, Director of the Jamaica Orchestra for Youth (Jamaica).