In News: The Ministry of Culture has launched various schemes to preserve and promote languages, folk dance, Art and culture of tribals.

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  • To preserve & promote various forms of folk art and culture of the tribals throughout the country including West Bengal, the Government of India has set up seven Zonal Cultural Centres (ZCCs) with headquarters at Patiala, Nagpur, Udaipur, Prayagraj, Kolkata, Dimapur and Thanjavur.
  • These ZCCs organize various cultural activities and programmes all over the country on a regular basis.
  • These ZCCs under the Ministry of Culture are also implementing a number of schemes for promoting the folk/tribal art and culture.



Award to Young Talented Artists

  • Talented youngsters of the age group of 18-30 years are selected and given a one time  cash award of Rs. 10,000/-.
  • The main aim of this scheme is to recognize & encourage Young Talented Artists in various performing/ folk Art forms of the region.
  • Under this scheme, competitions in various performing/ folk art forms involving young talented artistes are organized at different places in the member States of the NZCC and after final selection, awards are given to the winners.
  • It is an initiative of the Ministry of culture.

Guru Shishya Parampara

  • It envisages transmitting our valued traditions to the coming generations
  • Disciples are trained under veterans in art forms which are rare and vanishing.
  • Rare and vanishing art forms of the region are identified and eminent exponents are selected to carry out the training programmes in ‘Gurukula’ tradition.
  • The monthly remuneration for Guru – Rs. 7,500/-, Accompanist – Rs. 3,750/- and Pupils - Rs. 1,500/- each for the period of six month to maximum 1 year for one scheme.
  • The names of the Gurus are recommended by the State Cultural Affairs Departments.
  • Guru Shishya Parampara Scheme was introduced in 2003-04 with a view to promote development of new talents in the field of music and dance, folk and tribal art forms.

Theatre Rejuvenation

  • To promote theatre activities including stage shows and production oriented workshops, etc.
  • Honorarium upto Rs. 30,000/- per show excluding TA & DA is paid. 
  • The groups are finalized on the basis of their credentials as well as the merit of the project submitted by them.  

Research & Documentation

  • To preserve, promote and propagate vanishing visual and performing art forms including folk, tribal and classical in the field of music, dance, theatre, literature, fine arts etc. in print/ audio – visual media.
  • The art form is finalized in consultation with the State Cultural Department.


  • To promote folk and tribal art and crafts of the zone by organizing seminars, workshops, exhibitions, craft fairs, design development and marketing support to the artisans living in the rural areas.
  • Under this scheme, The Ministry of Culture releases annual grant-in-aid to the seven ZCCs for organizing various cultural activities/ programmes throughout the country. 


  • To promote and propagate the rich cultural heritage of the North East region comprising eight States namely Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura to the rest of India. 

National Cultural Exchange Programme (NCEP)

  • It can be termed as the lifeline of the Zonal Cultural Centers.
  • Under this scheme, various festivals of performing arts, exhibitions, yatras etc are organized in member States.
  • Artists from other zones/states are invited to participate in these programmes. Participation of artists from the Zone in festivals held in other parts of the country is also facilitated.
  • Zonal centers also participate in Major festivals happening in member States by arranging performances during these festivals where a large number of audience get a chance to enjoy and understand art forms of other regions.

Sahitya Akademi

  • It is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Culture.
  • It encourages the preservation and promotion of languages, especially the unrecognized and tribal languages.
  • The Akademi periodically organizes language conventions throughout the country in this regard.