Srijani Shilpagram, Santiniketan

Srijani Shilpgram, the cultural village of Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, is situated in Birbhum, Santiniketan, West Bengal. The complex is spread over 26 bighas of land and comprises of nine museums in the shape of nine traditional huts of the member states of EZCC namely Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Odisha, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal and the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The huts incorporate traditional, architectural features and designs. Over1000 artefacts are in the collection in the traditional huts built at the Shilpagram. The acquisitions are more than 25 years old. The objective is to provide a realistic glimpse of each state and their culture within each hut as an individual entity and yet connected to the other states of Zone. The calm natural environment of the Shilpagram attracts visitors and is now an important cultural hub of the area. There is also an art gallery of folk paintings in Srijani Shilpagram, Bolpur named 'Adi Bimb'. 'Adi Kranti', is a pavilion dedicated to the tribal heroes of eastern India namely, Birsa Munda, Laxman Nayak, Rani Gaidinlu, Siddhu Kanu, Tilka Majhi and Tirot Singh.

Being the land of Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore, there are more than 15,000 visitors every week to this small town, who are art lovers and critics. Also, Visva Bharati - the international Performing Arts University is situated in Santiniketan. As the location is in the outskirts of the city, Santiniketan, Bolpur, has minimal air pollution which helps in preservation of the artifacts.

Four to five International Festivals and Melas are conducted annually at Santiniketan. Srijani Shlipagram being very close to Visva Bharati University, there is a large student and teacher community who regularly visit the Srijani Cultural Complex. The school children of Bolpur, other parts of Bengal and the nearby state Jharkhand, are also regular visitors to the Shilpagram. The average income generated by the selling of tickets, at a nominal price of Rs. 10 per head at the Srijani Shilpagram is about 12 lakhs. The EZCC also organizes weekend Haats, Melas and cultural programmes to attract tourists and to increase footfalls.