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What is the News?
The Ministry of Culture has handed over the National Mission on Cultural Mapping to the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts(IGNCA).
Note: IGNCA aims to complete mapping in 5,000 villages by the end of the financial year 2021-2022. It will start with a trial run in 75 villages in October 2021.
What is the National Mission on Cultural Mapping(NMCM)?
The NMCM was approved by the Ministry of Culture in 2017 to build a comprehensive database of artists, art forms and other resources from organisations under the Ministry.
Aim: To address the necessities of preserving the threads of rich Indian Art and Cultural Heritage, converting the vast and widespread cultural canvas of India into an objective Cultural Mapping. It also aims to create a strong “Cultural Vibrancy” throughout the nation.
It encompasses data mapping, demography building, formalising the processes and bringing all cultural activities under one umbrella for better results.
The work on creating a database for folk arts and mapping of the heritage of villages would be carried out over five years.
Teams of volunteers from the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sanghathan, the National Service Scheme and students of sociology and social work would be deputed to visit villages and collect data on the art forms and heritage of the areas.
About Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts(IGNCA)
IGNCA is an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Culture. It is a centre for research, academic pursuit and dissemination in the field of the arts.
Source: This post is based on the article “IGNCA to start cultural mapping in 75 villages soon” published in The Hindu on 26th Sep 2021