Srinagar makes it to UNESCO Creative Cities network

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admin November 16, 2021
Updated 2021/11/16 at 2:32 PM

Srinagar has been selected as one of 49 cities in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) creative city network under the Crafts and Folk Arts category.

“This is a proud time for us all.” The World Bank-financed Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project undertook and sponsored the process of nominating Srinagar for inclusion in the UNESCO’Creative City Network. “This is an acknowledgment of the city’s ancient crafts and arts,” stated Abid Rashid Shah, Chief Executive Officer of the Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTFRP).

The city will most likely be able to use UNESCO to showcase its handicrafts on a worldwide scale as a result of its admission. Dr. Shah stated, “It’s a big acknowledgment for Jammu and Kashmir.”

Folk art, media, cinema, literature, design, cuisine, and media arts are all part of the network. Srinagar was one of two Indian cities bidding for the prestigious award this year. Its nomination dossier was initially submitted in 2019 and then again in 2021.

So far, only Jaipur (Crafts and Folk Arts) in 2015, Varanasi (Creative city of Music) in 2015, and Chennai (Creative city of Music) in 2017 have been recognised as UCCN members for creative cities.

“The JTFRP, the Department of Industries, and the line departments deserve credit for enthusiastically taking on the assignment. Iftikhaar Hakeem, Director, Technical, Planning and Coordination, JTFRP, stated, “Consultants were engaged and work was started up to satisfy all of the criteria.”

Srinagar has made it to the elite list, according to Mahmood Ahmad Shah, Director of Industries. “This nomination is a worldwide acknowledgement of Srinagar’s great craft tradition,” Mr. Shah remarked.

“Delighted that lovely Srinagar joins the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) with a particular mention for its craft and folk art,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet. It’s a fitting tribute to Srinagar’s thriving cultural scene. “To the people of Jammu & Kashmir, my heartiest congratulations.”

The Kashmir branch of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) was appointed as a consultant to create a dossier on Srinagar. “The city’s cultural legacy and present creative assets will serve as cornerstones for developing a consistent action plan that contributes to the city’s sustainable urban development in accordance with the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development.” “Our crafts contribute not only to economic assets but also to a process of developing and reconstructing communal identities,” said Saleem Beg, the INTACH’s director.

Srinagar has made it to the elite list, according to Mahmood Ahmad Shah, director of Industries. “This nomination is a worldwide acknowledgement of Srinagar’s great craft tradition,” Mr. Shah remarked.

 

Source: The Hindu

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