About West Zone Cultural Centre - WZCC

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)  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.

Hon'ble Chairman

Shri Kalraj Mishra
Hon’ble Governor, Rajasthan


कलराज मिश्र राज्यपाल, राजस्थान Kalraj Mishra Governor, Rajasthan

संदेश

कला साधकों, कला प्रेमियों और संस्कृति कर्मियों का हार्दिक स्वागत । पश्चिम क्षेत्र सांस्कृतिक केन्द्र अपने वैविध्यपूर्ण और रचनात्मक आयोजनों के द्वारा निरन्तर आपके मध्य प्रस्तुत होता रहता है। उदयपुर में शिल्पग्राम उत्सव, गुजरात में बंसत उत्सव महाराष्ट्र में लोक रंग तथा गोवा में लोकोत्सव जहां केन्द्र के प्रमुख आयोजन हैं, वही वर्ष पर्यन्त आयोजित सांस्कृतिक समारोह, कार्यशालाओं, कला शिविरों के माध्यम से केन्द्र पश्चिम भारत के अपने सदस्य राज्य राजस्थान, गुजरात, महाराष्ट्र, गोवा तथा केन्द्र शासित प्रदेश दमन, दीव तथा दादरा नागर हवेली की कला, संस्कृति और परम्पराओं का अत्यंत संवेदनशील प्रतिरूपण कला विद्याओं की विविध प्रस्तुतियों द्वारा आम जन तक पहुंचाने में प्रयासरत है।

भारत सरकार के संस्कृति मंत्रालय द्वारा वर्ष 1986 में स्थापित पश्चिम क्षेत्र सांस्कृतिक केन्द्र का मुख्य उद्देश्य भारत के पश्चिमी प्रांतों की समृद्ध कला और सांस्कृतिक विरासत को संरक्षण, ..रांवर्धन और प्रोत्साहन करना है। पश्चिम क्षेत्र सांस्कृतिक केन्द्र द्वारा अपने सदस्य राज्यों व केन्द्र शासित प्रदेशों में वर्ष विभिन्न उत्सव, संगीत व नृत्य समारोह, लोक पणे, कार्यशालाओ के आयोजन के साथ-साथ अंचल की विलुप्त होती कला और शिल्प शैलियों को प्रलेखन व प्रदर्शन के माध्यम से पुनः प्राणवान बनाने तथा नई पीढ़ी को कला विरासत से जोड़ने का कार्य किया जा रहा है।

केन्द्र द्वारा वर्ष 1989 में उदयपुर में ग्रामीण शिल्प एवं कला परिसर “शिल्पग्राम” की स्थापना की गई, जिससे ग्राम्यांचल के शिल्पकारों व कलाकारों को कला सृजन व प्रदर्शन का मंच उपलब्ध हो सका है। इसके साथ ही केन्द का मुख्यालय अठाहरवीं शताब्दी में निर्मित ऐतिहासिक बागोर की हवेली में स्थित है। इस अमूल्य विरासत और धरोहर को इसकी विविधता के अनुरूप नयी पीढ़ी को प्रेरित करना है। बागोर की हवेली एक ऐतिहासिक धरोहर है और मेवाड़ की वास्तु शिल्प का अनुपम उदाहरण है।

पश्चिम क्षेत्र सांस्कृतिक केन्द्र वर्तमान में न केवल कला और संस्कृति के संवर्धन व प्रोत्साहन का कार्य किया जा रहा है अपितु इसके साथ-साथ केन्द द्वारा पश्चिम भारत की लोक और आदिवासी कलाओं जिसमें संगीत, नृत्य, विलक्षण और दुर्लभ वाद्य यंत्र अपने मौलिक स्वरूप में लोगों तक पहुंचाने का कार्य किया है।

मेरा विश्वास है कि हमारी कला विरासत को अक्षुण्ण और जीवंत बनाये रखने के प्रयास में केन्द्र महत्वपूर्ण सिद्ध होगा। सभी कलाकारों , शिल्पकारों , कला प्रेमियों को शुभकामनाएं।

( कलराज मिश्र )


राज भवन, सिविल लाइन्स, जयपुर-302006

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Director's Message

The Zonal Cultural Centers were conceived and set up in mid 1980’s to promote, develop and link the various art forms practiced by people living in urban, rural and tribal areas of India. These Centres are intended to become cultural organizations ever expanding its boundaries beyond physical space and time. These Centres are indeed facilitating enriching of our art and cultural legacy, ever diversifying and linking generations to pass our cultural heritage.

West Zone Cultural Centre (WZCC) was the first Center to set up the Shilpgram – a Craft Village, in Udaipur in 1989. There are 31 huts representing architecture, traditional arts and culture depicting the enormous diversity and aesthetics of the State of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Goa which comprise the Western Zone of India.

I strongly believe that man’s soul is the architect of history and that culture is the manifestation of man’s soul & reflection of human identity. It is unbounded and recognizes no constraints. Art and culture transcends all human boundaries. It is a gift of almost inexplicable, magical energy.

Art and culture is the domain of the dialogue between civilizations and nations; it can speak in a loud and penetrating voice. Art is most often seen as pleasing the eye – creating beauty. Yet the idea of beauty, like that of truth, is most challenging in the present day. If something moves you to an understanding, somehow unreachable for you, by the common paths of words and reason, it’s Art for you. Art is not for the sake of anything… each artwork and craft in its own right depicts the image of the soul of the artist and the society at large. Art is a human activity, which has as its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen.

Contemporary art has become more global in nature and we want to find a way to integrate it into daily life. We can’t really understand our times until we look back and so we need artists to help us look ahead. The real challenge for art and culture is to link a common man. Art and craft as a medium of self-expression is the way to smart living enriching people’s minds and lives. When our hearts, through our senses, are touched by art, our lives are enhanced.

Apart from organizing a chain of cultural programs in urban as well as remote rural areas of West India, “Shilpgram Utsav” is organized in Shilpgram Udaipur in the last week of December every year. This cultural regalia is ten days event is much awaited 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 lifestyle, architecture and cultural ethos carefully conserved to its pristine glory.

Mr. Mohd. Furqan Khan ( Additional Charge)