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MERA GAON MERI DHAROHAR

MERA GAON MERI DHAROHAR

Introduction of MERA GAON MERI DHAROHAR

In a bid to harness the unique culture heritage of rural India, the government has identified and documented distinctive features of more than one lakh villages across the country. where this entire exercise has been carried out under the ‘Mera Gaon Meri Dharohar’ (my village my heritage) program of the National mission for cultural mapping (NMCM).

MERA GAON MERI DHAROHAR

WHAT IS MERA GAON MERI DHAROHAR PROGRAM?

This program seeks to compile comprehensive information detailing the life, history, and ethos of Indian villages and to make the same available to virtual and real-time visitors. Under the Mera Gaon Meri Dharohar scheme, information is collected under seven broad categories as given below-

  • Arts and Crafts Village
  • Ecologically Oriented Village
  • Scholastic Village linked with Textual and Scriptural Traditions of India
  • Epic Village linked with Ramayana, Mahabharata and/or Puranic legends and oral epics
  • Historical Village linked with Local and National History
  • Architectural Heritage Village
  • Any other characteristic that may need highlighting such as fishing village, horticulture village, shepherding village etc.

The Ministry of Culture initiated ‘Mera Gaon Meri Dharohar’ (MGMD) project under National Mission on Cultural Mapping in coordination with Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). The main objective the project is to culturally map India’s 6.5 lakh villages, spanning 29 States and 7 Union Territories, on a comprehensive virtual platform.

Through this program, people will get an opportunity to immerse themselves in the diverse and vibrant cultural heritage of India.

WHAT IS THE MAIN IDEA?

The core motive behind this project is to encourage appreciation for India’s culture and traditions, paving way for economic growth, social harmony, and artistic development in rural communities.

This comprehensive portal showcases essential information about each village, including its geographical location, demographic aspects, and description of traditional dresses, ornaments, arts and crafts, temples, fairs, festivals, and much more.

It serves as a one-stop destination for discovering, exploring, researching, and virtually visiting every village in the country. Moreover, users have the opportunity to earn incentives and takeaways as they embark on their digital village journeys.

CATEGORIES OF VILLAGES UNDER THIS PROGRAM

Villages have been categorized into some categories based on ecological, developmental and historical significance. So, some of them has been derived as follows-

  • Developmental importance- India’s first solar-powered village is located in Gujarat’s Modhera.
  • Ecological category- Rajasthan’s Bishnoi village is renowned for its peaceful coexistence with nature.
  • Historical villages-
  1. Suketi in Himachal Pradesh, Asia’s oldest fossil park.
  2. Kandel in Madhya Pradesh, the site of the famous “Jal Satyagraha”.

OBJECTIVES OF THIS PROGRAM

Specifically, the key goals are to:

  • Capture the cultural richness and diversity across villages in Indiato highlight the unique cultural identity that each village contributes. As per the Ministry of Culture, the project “seeks to explore the life, history, and ethos of Indian villages”.
  • Make this wealth of information easily accessible to researchers, enthusiasts and the general publicthroughout a web portal.
  • Create a comprehensive record of India’s living cultural heritage coveringaspects like arts, crafts, history, architecture
  • Enable visitors (virtual and real-time) to understand and appreciate the cultureof different villages across India by providing holistic insight.
  • Preserve India’s diverse cultural heritagethat is inherent across remote villages in the country.
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL MISSION ON CULTURAL MAPPING?

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. There is an urgent need to take strong and timely safeguarding measures to ensure their preservation, sustainability and revitalization with community-based initiatives in line with state-community partnership.

Whereas safeguarding measures start with identification and mapping art forms and practices along with bearers and practitioners, the artists and craftsperson.

Towards this the Ministry of Culture is creating a consolidated database of information about cultural assets and resources for example a well mapped inventory on a single platform for essential mapping, sustainable economic development and for preserving the rich cultural heritage of India, particularly the endangered art forms have been practiced.

The process will involve identification and map the cultural assets and art repositories of the nation i.e. art expressions, crafts and skills, wisdom tradition and other cultural practices whether oral, aural, visual or kinetic. Information about the ritual, social and economic status of artistes and craftsmen within the community is also of relevance and is to be noted during the cultural mapping.

VISION & MISSION

  • To envision and address the necessity of preserving the threads of rich Indian art and cultural heritage. To convert vast and widespread cultural canvass of India into an objective Cultural mapping.
  • To design a mechanism in order to fulfil the aspirations of the whole artist community of the nation.
  • To preserve the rich cultural heritage of the country for future generations.
  • To create a strong “cultural vibrancy” throughout the nation.

Sources– THE HINDU, The Indian express, PIB