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Proud! Inclusion of 'Ramcharitmanas', 'Panchanttra' in UNESCO's 'Memory of the World'

Leaders Online Desk: Ramacharitmanas written by Goswami Tulsidas as well as Panchatantra and Sahradayaloka-Lokan have been included by UNESCO in their 'Memory of the World Asia-Pacific Regional Register'. The decision was taken at the 10th General Meeting of the Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific held on May 7-8 in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, officials informed in Delhi. Ramacharitmanas is a famous epic written by Goswami Tulsidas in the 16th century.

A proud moment for India

Sahrdayaloka-lokan, Panchatantra and Ramacharitmanas respectively by Acharya Anandvardhan Pandit, Pt. Written by Vishnu Sharma and Goswami Tulsidas. It is a proud moment for India, an affirmation of the country's rich literary heritage and cultural legacy. 'Ramacharitmanas', 'Panchanttra' and 'Sahradayaloka-Lokana' are such timeless compositions that have deeply influenced Indian literature and culture. Shaped the nation's moral fabric and artistic expression. These literary works have influenced readers and artists in India and abroad, said a press release issued by the Ministry of Culture.


The Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA), played an important role in this historic decision during the 10th meeting of the Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific (MOWCAP). The meeting in Ulaanbaatar was attended by 38 delegates, 40 observers and dignitaries from member countries.


Professor Ramesh Chandra Gaur, Head, Art Funding Department, IGNCA, and Director (Administration) successfully presented the three works of India, Ramcharitmanas, Panchatantra and Sahridayaloka-Lokana. All three nominations were included after discussion and recommendations from the Register Sub-Committee (RSC) and voting by representatives of member countries, the Ministry of Culture said.

What is the UNESCO Memory of the World Register?

UNESCO's Memory of the World is an international initiative that aims to protect, enrich and facilitate access to and use of documentary heritage. UNESCO started this program in 1992.

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