Schemes to promote languages, folk dance, Art and culture of tribals

News:Union Minister of Culture has informed Lok Sabha about the various schemes implemented by the Zonal Cultural Centres(ZCCs) to preserve and promote languages, folk dance, Art and culture of tribals.


About the Schemes:

Guru Shishya Parampara:

  • Launched in 2003-04 with a view to transmit our valued traditions to the coming generations.
  • Under this scheme,disciples are trained under expert Gurus in art forms which are rare and vanishing.


  • 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.


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

National Cultural Exchange Programme(NCEP): 

  • The main aim of this scheme is exchange of artists, musicians, performers and sculptors between different regions within the country for the promotion of the rich cultural heritage of India.

Additional information:

About Zonal Cultural Centres:

  • The Zonal Cultural Centre was established in the year 1985.But the concept was enlarged with the setting up of seven Zonal Cultural Centers in the 7th Five Year Plan.
  • The objective of these centres is to promote and preserve the cultural heritage of various regions of India and to build national unity through cultural integration.