PM Narendra Modi congratulated the people of J&K for the recognition of the vibrant cultural ethos of Srinagar.
PM Modi tweeted, “Delighted that beautiful Srinagar joins the @UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) with a special mention for its craft and folk art. It is fitting recognition for the vibrant cultural ethos of Srinagar. Congratulations to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”
The announcement was made by UNESCO on its website, on Monday. The 49 cities were added to the network of 246 cities following their designation by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.
Saleem Baig - Convenor of INTACH, J&K Chapter, said they have been preparing a dossier for this recognition for the past 4 years. Making it UNESCO list is a major recognition of artisans of Kashmir who have kept this centuries-old craft alive. He said, “It's a huge recognition of Kashmiri craft and heritage. Its recognition of the identity of Kashmir, its craftsmen who sustained tradition for centuries.”