Cultural Zones of India
The Cultural Zones of India are seven overlapping zones defined by the Ministry of Culture of the Government of India to promote and preserve the cultural heritage of various regions of India. Each of these zones has been provided with a zonal centre. Most zonal centres were announced by the then-Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, in 1985 and formally began functioning in the 1986-87 period. Their stated goal is "to strengthen the ancient roots of Indian culture and evolve and enrich composite national culture".
Each zone has a zonal headquarters where a zonal cultural center has been established. Several states have membership in multiple zones, but no state subdivisions are utilized in the zonal divisions. In addition to promoting the culture of the zones they are responsible for, each zonal center also works to cross-promote and create exposure to other cultural zones of India by orgazining functions and inviting artistes from other zones.
|South Culture Zone||Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu||Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep|
|South Central Culture Zone||Nagpur, Maharashtra||Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh|
|North Culture Zone||Patiala, Punjab||Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttrakhand, Chandigarh|
|North Central Culture Zone||Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh||Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar, Delhi|
|East Culture Zone||Kolkata, West Bengal||West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa, Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Sikkim, UT Andaman & Nicobar Islands|
|North East Culture Zone||Dimapur, Nagaland||Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya|
|West Culture Zone||Udaipur, Rajasthan||Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli|
- East Zone Culture Centre, Kolkata
- Kolkata, West Bengal, India
- South Zone Culture Centre, Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu
- North Zone Culture Centre, Patiala, Punjab
- West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur, Rajasthan
- North-East Zone Culture Centre, Dimapur, Nagaland
- Administrative divisions of India
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- West Zone Culture Center, West Zone Culture Centre, retrieved 2010-12-15, "... West Zone Cultural Centre (WZCC) with its headquarters at Udaipur is one of the seven Zonal Cultural Centres set up during 1986-87, under the direct initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India ..."
- South Zone Culture Center: Other Zones, South Zone Culture Centre, retrieved 2010-12-15, "... North East Zone Cultural Centre - Nagaland - Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland & Meghalaya ..."
- North Zone Culture Center, North Zone Culture Centre, retrieved 2010-12-15, "... Rajiv Gandhi inaugurated the North Zone Cultural Center on 6th Nov. 1985 the then Prime Minister of India ... one of the seven cultural centers established in the country to strengthen the ancient roots of Indian Culture and evolve and enrich composite National Culture ... Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttrakhand, Rajasthan & Chandigarh (U.T.) ..."
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