Minister of State for Culture & Tourism, Dr Mahesh Sharma has launched the implementation of the “National Mission on Cultural Mapping of India” which intends to cover all blocks of the country, involving a total of 6.40 lakh villages in next three years.
This Mission is part of the ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ scheme.
While addressing the occasion, Dr Mahesh Sharma stated that paving the way for the ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’ programme led by the PM Modi, the mission aims at converting the vast and widespread cultural canvas of India into an objective cultural map, designing a mechanism to fulfil the aspirations of the whole artist community of the nation and preserving the rich cultural heritage of this country in the form of a cultural repository of artists and art forms.
“This Mission encompasses data mapping, demography building formalising the processes and bringing all the cultural activities under one web based umbrella for better results. It seeks to open a direct channel of communication of artists with the Government and peer to peer communication among artists for talent honing and handholding of each other” the Minister added.
He also informed that the Ministry of Culture will be organising similar Block level events in other States to kick start the processes of scaling up the efforts to cover all the Blocks of the Country.
The current round includes Shimoga Block in Shimoga District, Karnataka, Thanesar Block in Kurukshetra District, Haryana, Chauri – Chaura Block in Gorakhpur District in Uttar Pradesh & Saraikela Block in Saraikela - Kharsawan District in Jharkhand, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
NK Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture in his opening remarks said that the Ministry of Culture is eying to launch massive cultural awareness campaigns so that no artist is left behind.
She further stated that the Cultural Mapping of India portal will serve as a repository/consolidated database of information about cultural assets and resources i.e. a cultural inventory at one place for essential planning, sustainable economic development and for preserving the scattered and near extinct art forms.
On the launch of the implementation, artists participated in large number in the Block level event.