Government moves to map India’s traditional art, culture and heritage

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Ministry of Culture
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New Delhi (NVI): In an ambitious move to preserve the wealth of India’s traditional art and culture and make it retrievable on technology platforms, Government has set up a National Mission on Cultural Mapping (NMCM) which will compile data of Indian artists, art forms and geo-location.

“The mission will compile data of artists, art forms and geo-location with inputs from central ministries, state governments and art and cultural bodies,” the Minister for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel informed Lok Sabha here.

The specially designed data capture form with technical collaboration of National E-Governance Division (NEGD) and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) has been formulated for data collection. After due correction, the data from art and culture Akademies of the Ministry of Culture has been collected and will be entered into database, an official statement read.

National Mission on Cultural Mapping has taken up the task to combine and compile data related to traditional arts and culture in a systematic and easily retrievable manner. In the absence of systematic and modern sharing data over technology platforms, the life long work of these artists and their contributions would be lost us.

In remote clusters where practitioners selflessly keep traditional arts and culture alive, lack of awareness and diminishing popularity of the art forms imply that this culture wealth would soon be lost, according to an official statement.