According to Culture Ministry officials, a pilot project mapping the culture of 80 villages linked with notable figures in history, particularly the liberation struggle, distinctive crafts, and festivals, has begun and is anticipated to be finished this fiscal year.
Villages having a link to the Independence fight as well as those with their own creative practises were chosen for the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) pilot project which took place from Sempore in Kashmir to Kanjirapally in Kerala .
The assignment was entrusted to the IGNCA in September, according to member-secretary Sachidanand Joshi.
“The goal is to compile a massive database of our communities’ culture, customs, and traditions.” He said that the mapping of 80 communities will be finished this fiscal year.
On December 2, Culture Minister G. Kishan Reddy responded to a question from MP K.C. Ramamurthy in the Rajya Sabha, saying the initiative will result in a “national registry and interactive database of artists and art practises from India’s villages.” Each artist would be assigned a unique ID and an e-commerce platform would be established for them.
“The National Mission on Cultural Mapping has been authorised as an implementation agency for the IGNCA, which is an independent organisation under the administrative jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture. The mission’s work entails “coordinating data collection through ground and field surveys conducted on the basis of detailed formats and questionnaires, a mobile application, an interactive web-portal, and an Over-The-Top (OTT) platform to showcase ethnographic documentaries, cultural events, festivals, melas, and other village events,” according to the Minister’s written response.
Sempore or Pandrenthan in the Budgam region of Jammu and Kashmir, which is linked with 14th century mystic Lal Ded or Lalleshwari, was on the list of villages chosen, as described in Mr. Reddy’s response. Choglamsar and Wanla villages, both recognised for their wood carving, were included in the pilot project from Ladakh. The list also included Khatkar Kalan hamlet in Punjab, which contains a Bhagat Singh monument; Reni village in Uttarakhand, where the Chipko movement began; and Kathputli Colony in Delhi, which is noted for its “migrant kathputli artists.”
According to the Minister, religiously significant sites, such as Shringverpur in Uttar Pradesh, were included on the list of villages since it was “related to Lord Rama—Lord Rama rested here for one night following Nishadraj Guha.” Ettayapuram (the birthplace of poet Subramania Bharathi) and Thiruchigadi (a town of “woman potters”), both in Tamil Nadu, are featured on the list. On the list was Kanjirapally village, which was linked to Accama Cherian, the Jhansi Rani of Travancore, an Independence supporter.
The cultural mapping initiative was initiated by the Ministry of Culture in 2017, but it took a long time to gain traction before being turned over to the IGNCA this year.
Source: The Hindu