A self-transforming civilization that defies any attempt to freeze it in space and time, living India is a mosaic of varied cultures, layer upon layer, tempered in a history of common vitality. Since independence, it has been the concern of the Government of India to encourage the evolution and consolidation of Indian culture by bringing its different streams closer and by making people of various regions know and understand each others' distinctive traits in a spirit of appreciation and acceptance of the unity in diversity within this country.
The Zonal Cultural Centres (ZCC's) represent the effort on the part of the Government and the people to preserve and protect our rich cultural heritage and to bring it closer to the lives of the people. With each state or Union Territory belonging to at least one Zonal Cultural Centre, the objective is to foster amongst the people within each zone and among zones, much greater cultural exchanges and understanding. The seven Zonal Cultural Centres, extend local creative support to folk and traditional artistes and artisans of India. The main objectives of the Centres include preservation, innovation, promotion and dissemination of the various art forms covering the broad disciplines of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, literary activities and craft traditions, with special focus on old and dying art forms within the constituent states. The Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC) covering the states of Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Odisha, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal and the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is one of the seven such Zonal Cultural Centres set up by the Government of India with a view to culturally integrate the States and Union Territories as a part of the Programme of National Integration.
Since its inception in 1985, the EZCC has been functioning as a cultural nerve centre, between and among the numerous ethnic cultural centres/groups of excellence in the eastern part of the country.
Over the past two decades, carrying out the mandate of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, the EZCC's endeavour has been to reach out to the remotest corners of not only the eastern part of the country but all corners of our nation and to promote consciousness about the bewildering variety and the underlying unity of Indian culture, tradition and heritage among the common people. Cultural interaction between the artistes and the common man over the years has helped to strengthen the bonds between them. EZCC's thrust area has been to support and strengthen the spirit of rural and tribal India. In the last 35 years, the EZCC has been able to infuse among people a conscious appreciation of the rich cultural heritage of its own zone as well as other parts of the country through its manifold programmes of folk, tribal and classical music and dance, documentation and publications, workshops, as well as its exhibitions on arts and crafts.
The Centre is under the overall supervision of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and is headed by the Director. His Excellency, the Governor of West Bengal, is the Chairman of EZCC.