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Vedic chants:

Dating back to around 3500 years ago, Vedic chants are considered to be the world’s oldest continuous chanting system. The traditional way of chanting the Vedas has been passed over across thousands of years, with little being altered in the way it is recited. The beauty of the chants, which are in the Sanskrit language, lies in the precise manner in which body gestures, intonations, pitch modulations, pronunciation, accents and continuity are maintained during recitation.
Vedic chants embrace the four Vedas – The Rig Veda a collection of sacred hymns; the Sama Veda which features melodies and chants from the Rig Veda; the Yajur Veda which is devoted to the worship of Gods and the Atharva Veda which focuses on everyday rituals.
The tradition of Vedic chanting was inscribed onto the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008.
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Know the 13 Indian art forms which are a part of India's intangible cultural heritage

India is known for its rich cultural heritage, its art forms and its crafts. However, with dwindling practitioners, a number of our art forms are on the verge of disappearing. This has prompted the United Nations to create an inventory containing craft forms, art forms and other intangible cultural heritage from Ind.

A total of 13 art forms have already been inscribed on to UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. We take a look at what these are: