Activities of Department
The Cultural Affairs Department is making concerted efforts for not only preserving the rich cultural heritage of Haryana, but also to portray it before the people. This Department is playing a vital role for the revival as well as development of folk, classical and visual arts. This Department also provides financial assistance to the artistes and cultural organizations of the State. Cultural inter-exchange programme with other states is a regular feature of this Department, which helps in promoting national harmony and cultural relations. Haryana is a member state of North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala and North-Central Zone Cultural Centre, Allahabad and national and international level programmes are organized in collaboration with these centers and Indian Council for Cultural Relations. The main aim of this Department is to propagate the message of unity inherent in various art forms. To achieve this objective, programmes on classical and folk, dance, natak,visual art,sculpture,painting etc. are organized from time to time.
- Magnificent contribution is given to revive and promote the rich cultural heritage of the State through various cultural centres.
- The Department is making continuous efforts not only to revive the traditional folk dance, folk music and visual art forms, but also to make the people aware about them.
- As a result of efforts made by this Department, “Teej” festival has been declared as a state-level function.
- With a view to revive the fine art forms and to create an interest for this art among the rural women, ‘Saanjhi’ competitions and exhibitions are organised at district level every year.
- Organisation of cultural programmes as well as devotional music programmes during Surajkund Crafts Mela, Geeta Jayanti festival and at Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board has become possible only due to the cooperation and support of this Department.
- It is also the result of concerted efforts of this Department that the traditional folk theatre art form ‘Saang’ of Haryana got due recognition, as the other states’ important art forms have received.
- To revive the depleting ‘Saang’ art form, ‘Saang’ festival is organised every year and outstanding artistes of this field are also given awards.
- The outstanding artistes of the State are given awards on the occasion of Haryana Day function every year.
- Provision of scholarship has been made for the students of Haryana getting training in various art and cultural institutes.
- Financial assistance is given every year to the cultural organisations working for the promotion of art and culture.
The administrative control of four academies, namely Haryana Sahitya Academy, Haryana Urdu Academy, Haryana Sanskrit Academy and Haryana Punjabi Academy has been transferred from Education Department to this Department. Apart from this, Haryana Kala Parishad and Haryana Academy of History and Culture, Gurgaon have been set up with the efforts of this Department. Under a scheme of the Government of India, namely financial Assistance for the setting up of multi-purpose cultural centres, a Cultural Centre has been set up at Kurukshetra at a cost of Rs.10 crore.