Tuesday, December 7

UNESCO honors Indian city Srinagar as Creative City

Indian state Jammu & Kashmir’s capital city Srinagar got the most prestigious award of creative city.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designates the creative cities in seven fields – Craft, Folk Art, Media Arts, Film Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music and this time the Srinagar city has been designated the creative city in the field of Crafts and Folk Arts – only second city in India in this category after India’s Jaipur city which is the capital of another Indian state Rajasthan. 

UNESCO – is a specialised agency of the United Nations aimed at promoting world peace and security through international cooperation in education, the arts, the sciences, and culture. 

The organization has picked up Srinagar among 49 cities as part of the creative city network under the Crafts and Folk Arts category. “It is a proud moment for all of us. 

The process of nomination of Srinagar under the UNESCO ‘Creative City Network’ was undertaken and funded under the World Bank-funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project. 

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This is the recognition of the historical crafts and arts of the city,” said Chief Executive Officer, Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTFRP), Abid Rashid Shah. 

The inclusion is likely to pave way for the city to represent its handicrafts on the global stage through UNESCO. 

“It’s a major recognition for Jammu and Kashmir,” Dr. Shah said. 

In India, Srinagar is one of cities affected with high level of terrorism acts and here the  gun shots, the sound of heavy boots waking up the city people. This time Srinagar was awarded the world honor by trivializing all these things. 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was overwhelmed after the announcement on Tuesday. He did not waste much time thanking the entire valley for this honor. 

“I am grateful and thankful to the people of the valley for their international respect,” he tweeted. 

UNESCO plans to bring every creative city in the world under one umbrella. The implementation of this plan started from 2004. They recently selected 49 cities as ‘creative cities’. Srinagar has been included in that list. And as a result of this inclusion, six cities in India are now UNESCO-honored. 

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Srinagar ranks after Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Varanasi and Jaipur. UNESCO has rated Srinagar as a ‘creative’ city with seven issues in their considerations. 

They have recognized Srinagar as the bearer of seven traditions – crafts, folk art, media arts, film design, food, chess, literature and music.

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