The Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC) is an autonomous organization under Ministry of Culture, Government of India covering the states of Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Odisha, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, registered under West Bengal Society Registration Act (Act XXVI of 1961). West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha are the single member states. However, Assam, Manipur, Sikkim, Tripura are under North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur, Bihar is under North Central Zone Cultural Centre, Allahabad and Andaman and Nicobar Island is under South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur.
The Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC) is one of the seven Zonal Cultural Centres established initially at Shantineketan, West Bengal on the initiative of the then Ministry of HRD, Government of India in 1985. The office of the EZCC shifted from Shantiniketan to Kolkata in the year 1994. The Zonal Cultural Centres have been conceptualized with the aim of projecting cultural kinships, which transcend territorial boundaries. The idea is to arouse and deepen awareness of the local cultures and to show these merge into zonal identities and eventually into the rich diversity of India’s composite culture. These centres have already established themselves as a premier agency in the field of promotion, preservation and dissemination of culture in the entire country. Apart from promoting performing arts, they are also making a significant contribution in the associated field of literary and visual arts. The Seven Zonal Cultural centres established under this objective are: (i) North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala; (ii) Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata; (iii) South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur; (iv) West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur; (v) North Centre Zone Cultural Centre, Allahabad; (vi) North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur and (vii) South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur. The participation of various states in more than one Zonal Cultural Centre according to their cultural linkage is a special feature of the composition of vanishing art forms, promotion and safeguarding the folk and tribal arts, theatre rejuvenation, Guru Shishya Parampara, participation in Republic Day Folk Dance Festival (Lok Tarang), Shilpgram and crafts fair.
Since its inception in 1985, the EZCC has been functioning as a cultural nerve center, between and among the numerous ethnic cultural centers/groups of excellence of the eastern parts of the country. The Center strives through its various activities to enrich, promote and strengthen these traditions. The Center is totally dedicated to the promotion, projection and dissemination of art, craft and letters.
His Excellency, The Governor of West Bengal, is the chairman of Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre and is headed by The Director who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the society. The affairs of the society are managed by two apex bodies – The Governing Body and The Executive Board with two committees, which are, the Programme Committee and the Finance Committee, which assists the apex bodies in their functioning.
Working days – Monday to Friday
Closed holidays – Saturday and Sunday
Working hours – 9.30am to 6pm
Visiting hours – 3pm to 5pm