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Ramcharitmanas Among Three Indian Literary Masterpieces Included In UNESCO's World Asia-Pacific Regional Register

Nishtha Anushree

May 15, 2024, 07:01 PM | Updated 07:01 PM IST


Three Indian literary masterpieces -- Ramcharitmanas, Panchatantra, and Sahṛdayāloka-Locana -- have been included in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Asia-Pacific Regional Register.

According to the Ministry of Culture, the inclusion highlights the significance of preserving and celebrating diverse narratives and artistic expressions that shape our shared humanity.

Ramcharitmanas written by Goswami Tulasidas is written in Awadhi and depicts the life of Lord Ram. Panchatantra is written by Pandit Vishnu Sharma and Sahṛdayāloka-Locana by Acharya Anandvardhan.

“These literary works have transcended time and place, leaving an indelible mark on readers and artists both within and outside India,” the ministry was quoted by DD News as saying.

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) is said to have ensured the addition of these literary works to the UNESCO's register.

The decision on the inclusion was taken at 10th meeting of the Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific (MOWCAP), held in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia.

Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.

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