Cultural Zones of India

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The Cultural Zones of India are seven overlapping zones defined by the Ministry of Culture[1] of the Government of India to promote and preserve the cultural heritage of various regions of India.[2] Each of these zones has been provided with a zonal centre.[3] 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".[4]

Capital of the British India and the West Bengal's capital the city of joy Kolkata is also known as the Cultural Capital of India.[5][6]

The zones[edit]

Swami Vivekananda was a key figure in introducing Vedanta and Yoga in Europe and USA,[7] raising interfaith awareness and making Hinduism a world religion.[8]

Each zone has a zonal headquarters where a zonal cultural center has been established.[3] 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.

Zone Zonal Centre Extent
South Culture Zone Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep
South Central Culture Zone Nagpur, Maharashtra Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana
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[citation needed]
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Zonal Cultural Centers". Ministry of Culture. 
  2. ^ 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 ... 
  3. ^ a b 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 ... 
  4. ^ 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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  6. ^ Pielou, Adrianne (March 4, 2011). "India: Calcutta, the capital of culture". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ Georg, Feuerstein (2002). The Yoga Tradition. Motilal Banarsidass. p. 600. ISBN 3-935001-06-1. 
  8. ^ Clarke, Peter Bernard (2006). New Religions in Global Perspective. Routledge. p. 209. ISBN 0-7007-1185-6. 

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