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Deshanur among 4 villages included in National Mission on Cultural Mapping (NMCM)

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Preservation of intangible culture is a challenging task as it refers not only to an end product, which is not tactile but primarily oral and aural. The ministry of culture has come up with National Mission on Cultural Mapping (NMCM) program for which Deshanur village from Belagavi is also selected.

Union Minister of Culture G Kishan Reddy informed the Lok Sabha informed the same.

Others from Karnataka are Mattur in Shivamogga, Vidurashwatha in Chikkaballapura, and Akkigund from Gadag.

According to Reddy, the ministry aims to develop an e-commerce platform of all the historical facts of the villagers. Besides this, the ministry also aims to keep a national register and interactive database of artists and art practices from the villages of India, National directories of artists and art practices, and Unique identification codes for the artists.

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The database of the mission is based on the following constituents: i. National register and interactive database of artists and art practices from the villages o f India. ii. National directories of artists and art practices. iii. Unique identification code for the artists. iv. E-commerce platform. v. Single cultural service provider platform for all the welfare schemes of Government of India for artists and artisans of the country.. vi. Virtual museum of villages showing their arts, crafts and culture

The mapping of more than 12000 villages has already been done so far, the minister added.

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