Mumbai and Hyderabad enter the list of creative cities of Unesco

Mumbai, the city of dreams, and Hyderabad, the home of Haleem and Biryani, were designated by UNESCO on the occasion of World Cities Day on Thursday. Mumbai entered the global network of creative cities in the category of films and Hyderabad in gastronomy.

The network brings together cities that base development on creativity in popular music, arts and crafts, design, cinema, literature, digital arts or gastronomy. So far, Varanasi (music), Chennai (music) and Jaipur (crafts and folk art) were on the network, which expanded on Thursday to 246 members, including 66 cities, including Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said recognition had been delayed a lot. Mumbai has been the center of the films and, '' India's first feature film premiered here. I'm very happy. Such positioning puts us on the global map, he said.

Around the world, these cities, each in their own way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy, said Unesco's general director, Audrey Azoulay, and added: This favors political and social innovation , and is particularly important for young generations.

Earlier, in 2010, Haleem was honored with the status (GI), thus becoming the first meat-based product in India to win the prestigious label. The basic dish of rice and long grain meat of Hyderabad, Biryani, on the other hand, has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best gastronomic offerings in the country.

That the city of southern India launched its dishes as an adaptation of world cuisine, made relevant in the local context, is perhaps what helped him bring home the honor. While completing Hyderabad's entry, local officials emphasized how these were historically brought recipes from around the world, particularly from West Asia and Central Asia, which over time have been mixed with local flavors that resulted in universally acclaimed dishes.