» Department of Cultural Affairs


In the year 1987 an independent Department of Cultural Affairs was created by the Government of Assam. In course of time, the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Directorate of Museums, Directorate of Archaeology, Directorate of Library Services, Jyoti Chitraban (Film Studio) Society, Assam State Film (Finance & Development) Corporation and Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra Society came under the purview of the Cultural Affairs Department.

The Cultural Affairs Department also has two institutions of learning
(a) Government College of Art & Crafts (b) State College of Music.

The mandate of the Department of Culture is to preserve and promote all forms of art and culture.

The activities undertaken by the Cultural Affairs Department include:

» Preservation and promotion of the living culture of the ethnic and indigenous tribes and communities of the state
» Preservation and promotion of the ancient monuments and historical sites as monuments of our glorious past
» Preservation and promotion of the unique Satriya culture of the state
» Scouting for talents in music , dance, acting, fine arts etc. from different parts of the state & providing them with adequate opportunity and exposure for developing their talents.
» Promoting cultural and emotional integration among the people of the state and also with the other states of the country and spread the message of peace, universal brotherhood and national unity
» Publicity of the unique cultural mosaic of the state with its infinite variety throughout the world and promotion of the state as a cultural destination
» Using the cultural talent to develop the entertainment industry in the state, thereby promoting employment
» Promoting those qualities and values that sets the culture of the state as one of the brightest jewels in India's cultural milieu
» Instillation of national pride in the people and propel every citizen to give their best in their chosen field of activity
» Making use of the national and the international media to promote the culture of the state
» Imbibing a sense of appreciation of the traditional art and culture among the younger generation from the school level.

The functional spectrum of the Department is rather wide, ranging from generating cultural awareness at the grassroot level to promoting cultural exchanges at an international level. Along with the programmes for the preservation of the state's cultural heritage, the activities of the Department encourage and disseminate a variety of contemporary creative arts as well. The aim of the Department is to develop ways and means through which the basic cultural and aesthetic sensibilities of the people remain active and dynamic.

The activities are carried out through the four directorates and other autonomous bodies/societies.




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