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Sankirtana, ritual singing, drumming and dancing of Manipur. ©UNESCO 2013
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Sankirtana, ritual singing, drumming and dancing of Manipur

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Sankirtana encompasses an array of arts performed to mark religious occasions and various stages in the life of the Vaishnava people. Drummers and singer-dancers enact the lives and deeds of Krishna through devotional songs that often produce an ecstatic reaction among devotees. Sankirtana takes place on public festive and religious occasions that unite the community, and is also performed to commemorate individual life-cycle ceremonies. The whole society is involved in its safeguarding, with the specific knowledge and skills traditionally transmitted from mentor to disciple.

on this subject: Nomination file/ Dossier de candidature

Place/country: India
Series: 2013 inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
Credits: Sangeet Natak Akademi, producer.
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