The President congratulated those who made this worldwide recognition possible and said the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage not only celebrates human diversity and ingenuity, but raises "awareness of the importance of protecting our shared cultural heritage". The meeting took place in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea.
The inscription of ´KumbhMela´ was recommended by the expert body which examines in detail the nominations submitted by Member States.
The Kumbh Mela, considered the world's largest congregation of pilgrims, has been recognised by Unesco as an "intangible cultural heritage of humanity".
It said the inscription was the third in two years following "Yoga" and "Nouroz". The Kumbh is held in Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik. The committee also noted that knowledge and skills related to the Kumbh are transmitted through the "Guru-Shishyaparampara parampara", which ensures the continuity and viability of this festival in perpetuity.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said it is "a matter of vast joy and pride for India" that the Kumbh Mela was declared as India's "Intangible Cultural Heritage" by UNESCO.
"We are very proud of our reputation for creativity and music traditions; a reputation which is greatly enhanced by our craftspeople who have passed their love of music and talent from generation to generation down through the centuries".
Armenia ratified UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) in 2006 and, until now the organization has included four Armenian elements in its intangible cultural heritage list - the traditional Armenian bread lavash, the Armenian duduk, the khachkar (Armenian cross stones) and the Armenian national epic "David of Sassoun".