Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 7
Art of crafting and playing with Kamantcheh/Kamancha, a bowed string musical instrument, was included into the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The decision was made at the 12th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage taking place at the island's International Convention Center from Dec. 4-9.
The appeal for the inclusion of kamancha in UNESCO list was jointly made by Azerbaijan's Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to UNESCO, as well as the Iranian side.
Speaking on behalf of the Azerbaijani delegation, Permanent Representative to UNESCO, Ambassador Anar Karimov noted that the art of playing kamancha covers a wider geography than the borders of Azerbaijan.
Karimov thanked UNESCO and the Committee for the decision.
Kamancha is an essential part of musical culture in both countries, and while crafting the instrument represents a direct source of earning a living, craftspeople also perceive the art as a strong part of the intangible cultural heritage of their communities. Through their music, performers convey many themes, from the mythological to the gnostic and the comic. Today, knowledge of performing and crafting kamancha is transmitted both within families and in State-sponsored musical institutions and schools. Knowledge about the importance of the music in promoting cultural identity is transmitted from generation to generation in all strata of society in both countries.