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Zonal Cultural Centres implemented schemes to promote folk, art, and culture

Zonal Cultural Centres (ZCCs) implemented a number of schemes for promoting the folk, tribal art and culture. The various activities and schemes include:  Award to Young Talented Artists: The Young Talented Artists Scheme aims to encourage and recognize young talents especially in the field of rare art forms. Youngsters of the age group of 18-30 years are selected and awarded onetime cash award of Rs.10,000. Guru Shishya Parampara: This scheme aims to transmit the valued traditions to the coming generations. Rare and disappearing art forms of the region are identified under the scheme and eminent experts will carry out the training programmes in ‘Gurukula’ tradition. Theatre Rejuvenation: The scheme aims to promote theatre activities including stage shows and Production oriented workshops, etc. Research & Documentation: This scheme plans to preserve, promote and propagate vanishing visual and performing art forms including folk, tribal and classical in the field of dance, music, theatre, literature, fine arts, etc. Shilpgram: The scheme will promote folk and tribal art and crafts by organizing seminars, workshops, exhibitions, craft fairs, design development and marketing support to the artisans living in rural areas. Octave: The scheme aims to promote and propagate the rich cultural heritage of the North East (NE) region comprising of eight states namely Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Mizoram, Sikkim, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura to the rest of India. National Cultural Exchange Programme (NCEP): This scheme organizes various festivals of performing arts, exhibitions, yatras, etc. to promote and understand art forms of other regions.  Background: Government of India has set up seven Zonal Cultural Centres (ZCCs) to preserve and promote various forms of folk art and culture of the tribals throughout the country including West Bengal. ZCCs have headquarters at Patiala, Nagpur, Udaipur, Prayagraj, Kolkata, Dimapur and Thanjavur.  The ZCCs organizes various cultural activities and programmes all over the country on a regular basis under the Ministry of Culture.

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