Source: News Bharati English19 Jun 2017 09:34:19

Lucknow, June 19: Union culture minister Dr Mahesh Sharma said that with a vision that no cultural talent or heritage should remain unattended and if it is talent, it should be nurtured and if it is a heritage, it should be conserved and used as an icon to learn from the past, and also to propagate our cultural talent across all boundaries.

The Ministry of Culture has planned to hold talent hunt competitions with various rounds from Block level to National level. The scheme is set to cover all the Blocks of the Country, involving a total of 6.40 Lakh villages over the span of next 3 years, Sharma said at launching event of implementation of the ‘‘National Mission on Cultural Mapping of India’ at Mathura District, Uttar Pradesh.

Addressing on the occasion, Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that paving the way for the ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’ programme led by the 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. The Mission also 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.

He informed that immediately after this event in Mathura district, the Ministry of Culture will be organising similar Block level events in other States too so as to kick starts the process 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.

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.