Divya A reports on travel, tourism, culture and social issues – not necessarily in that order – for The Indian Express. She’s been a journalist for over a decade now, working with Khaleej Times and The Times of India, before settling down at Express. Besides writing/ editing news reports, she indulges her pen to write short stories. As Sanskriti Prabha Dutt Fellow for Excellence in Journalism, she is researching on the lives of the children of sex workers in India.
Jitendra Singh, Udhampur MP and MoS (Independent Charge) for DoNER and PMO, started his address with a reference to the intolerance debate. “Can tolerance be the virtue of those who don’t have the strength to be tolerant,” he said.
According to UNESCO’s definition, “intangible cultural heritage” is manifested as oral traditions and expressions, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices, and traditional craftsmanship.
The festival is also hosting art and craft demonstrations from different regions of India, sung traditions of folk and tribal communities, a shopping street and a food court where “ritual foods” are available.
In December last year, this unique craft found its way into UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), alongside Turkish art of marbling, and the Japanese technique of making hand-made paper, called Washi.