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]

The city of Kolkata, formerly the capital of British India and West Bengal, is also known as the "Cultural Capital of India."[5][6]

The zones[edit]

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 organizing functions and inviting artistes from other zones.

Zone Zonal Centre Extent
South Culture Zone South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep
South Central Culture Zone[7] South-Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur, Maharashtra Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Goa
North Culture Zone North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala, Punjab Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand[8]
North Central Culture Zone[9] North-Central Zone Cultural Centre, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, Uttarakhand
East Culture Zone East Zone Cultural Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar Islands[citation needed]
North East Culture Zone[10] North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur, Nagaland Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim
West Culture Zone West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur, Rajasthan Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Zonal Cultural Centers". Ministry of Culture. Archived from the original on 2011-08-08.
  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.) ...
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2015-04-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Pielou, Adrianne (March 4, 2011). "India: Calcutta, the capital of culture". The Daily Telegraph.
  7. ^ "Application for solo exhibition at Raja Ravi Verma Art gallery, Nagpur" (docx). South Central Zone Cultural Center. p. 4. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  8. ^ "North Zone Cultural Centre". Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Zonal Cultural Centres". North Central Zone Cultural Centre.
  10. ^ "About North East India".

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