The Zonal Cultural Centers were conceived and set up as cultural distribution networks between 1985 to 1987 in order to promote, develop and link the various art from with people living in urban, rural and tribal areas of India. These Centers are intended to become cultural organizations not limited to performances in closed auditoria for limited audiences, but to outgrow into centers with people of India as audience and thousands of folk artists, craftsmen at grass root level as performers.West Zone Cultural Centre (WZCC) is one of them.
West Zone Cultural Centre (WZCC) was the first centre to set up the ” Shilpgram – A Craft Village “, in Udaipur. There are 31 huts representing architecture, traditional arts and culture depicting the enormous diversity and aesthetic sense of the state of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa which comprise the Western Zone of India.
Apart from organizing a chain of cultural programs in urban as well as remote rural areas of west zone, “Shilpgram Utsav” is organized in Shilpgram, Udaipur in the last week of December month every year. This 10 days event is watched by half a million people, in which more than 650 artisans, craftsmen and performing artists participate from all over the country.
The headquarters of the WZCC is located in the historical Bagore-Ki-Haveli which is a huge mansion comprising of 138 rooms built in the 18th Century by the Prime Minister of Royal Mewar Dynasty. The Haveli has a typical architectural style with exquisite glass inlay work and paintings. After 5 years of strenuous restoration work a Museum has been set up in Bagore Ki Haveli to depict the royal life style, architecture and cultural ethos carefully conserved to its pristine glory.