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Cultural Research and Studies

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The Research Branch of the Department has been actively engaged in field studies and documenting all aspects of our tangible and intangible heritage. A good number of folk tales, folk songs and socio-cultural heritage have been.

The Department has launched an ambitious project together with the Anthropological Society of Nagaland with the aim of gaining a deeper understanding of the origin, cultural history, ethnography and physical characteristics of the Nagas of Nagaland. http://dynamic.artandculturenagaland.in/

Development of Museums

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Incepted in the year 1970, the State Museum, Kohima covers an area of 11,822 sq.ft. The State Museum presents to any keen visitor, a glimpse into the rich cultural mosaic of the Nagas, which is unique even among the tribes of the northeast. It houses an invaluable collection of artefacts of different tribes showcasing the material culture and tradition of the Nagas.

There are eight galleries, viz: Open Air Display, Key gallery, Ethnological gallery, Painting gallery, Textile gallery, Indigenous bamboo wall gallery, Wooden sculpture gallery, Ornament and jewelry gallery. In 1997, the State Museum held a week long exhibition at the India International Centre, New Delhi, as part of the ‘Nagaland Festival’. Another week long exhibition entitled ‘Wood and metal effigies from Nagaland’ was also held at the Indian Museum, Kolkata in 2002. According to remarks recorded by visiting dignitaries and scholars, the State Museum is by far the best in the whole north east region.

Promotion and administration of Libraries Services

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Under the Department of Art & Culture, there is one State Library, 8 District Libraries and 605 enlisted Rural Libraries. The State Library, Kohima was established in the year 1981 with the aim of providing information and knowledge while also preserving, promoting and encouraging reading habit especially among children and young people.

The State Library provides reprographic services, training in computerization and Library management, audio visual facilities in Children’s section, computer with internet facilities, a conference hall with LCD projector for holding meetings, seminars and other Library related services.

Promotion and Development of Visual Art

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The Art Wing was initially inducted in the Art & Culture Service to cater visual presentations for research publications and the State Museum. With the passage of time, the need for Art promotional initiatives obligated the wing to shoulder all and sundry art related responsibilities of the Department. The unique identity of the State is rooted in a rich visual art heritage that needs to be preserved and promoted.

The art wing meets the dual purposes of preserving the visual art heritage and nourishing the creative talents of the state. Through the numerous art projects organized by the Department, the once dying Naga traditional art motifs have been revived vis-a-vis hidden artistic talents identified and guided in the profession. Collaboration and sponsorship of Lalit Kala Akademi, AIFACS, NEZCC have been availed by the Department to organize the art promotional programmes in the State.

Development of Archives

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The State Archives has been collecting and maintaining non-current records and rendering its services to scholars, administrators, historians and individuals. Most of the records were collected and brought from the districts as well as from neighbouring states by officials of the State Archives branch. In order to upgrade the standard of maintenance and faster restoration of records, the Department has procured and installed the Book Drive-Pro.

In March, 2012, a programme titled ‘Return of Naga Heritage from USA’ was held in the State Archives where the Department officially received the private collection of Dr. Gordon P. Means through Achilla Imlong Erdican. The collection from 1832 – 2010 has 538 articles/ items/books/video/movie tapes/audio cassettes/magazines, of Naga History, art, polity, etc. The Archives week is organized annually during the Hornbill Festival. The main purpose of the exhibition is to create awareness of archival treasures and draw attention to the importance of Archives as state’s documentary heritage.

Publication

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The Department has, over the last 50 years produced many publications namely, the monographs of J.P. Mills and Hutton, Brief Historical Account of Nagaland, Nagas in the 19th Century, Arts and Craft of Nagaland, proceedings of seminar of Customary Laws of Nagaland, Folk Tales from Nagaland, Proverbs and Sayings, Festivals of Nagaland, Fables from the Misty Mountains, brochures on cultural performances, etc.

Performing Activities

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The Department is the nodal agency for preserving, promoting and showcasing the various facets of the cultures of the different Naga tribes. Over the years, the Department has participated in the inter-state exchange of cultural programmes sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Side by side, the Department has sent cultural troupes to participate in National events and Festivals like Independence Day, Republic Day and Apna utsav.

The Department has also participated in all programmes organized by NEZCC. Over the past years, several Naga cultural troupes were sent to Paris, Syria, Netherlands, USSR to participate in the ‘Festival of India’. Troupes were also sent to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. The Department organizes and manages the Cultural programme in the annual Hornbill Festival.

Archaeology

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As part of the Research Project, preliminary investigations and excavations were conducted on certain ancestral sites like Chungliyimti, Khezakheno and Laruri.

Archaeological exploration and excavation at the limestone caves of Mimi in Kiphire district and at Langa, one of the earliest ancestral sites of the Yimchungers is ongoing.

World War II Museum

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The Department has taken the initiative of constructing a War Museum which stores some memoires and relics of this one battle which halted the westward advancement of the Japanese during World War II. The Museum was inaugurated on 1st December, 2008, by Shri. K. Sankarayanarayanan, His Excellency, the Governor of Nagaland.

It holds a collection of artefacts from the time of the battle, models and an extensive collection on visual panels that explore and explains the context, events and outcome of the battle. The collection is augmented with audio-visual presentations that give an insight into the battle and also bring alive the memories of some of those who lived through the conflict.

State Academy of Music and Dance

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The State Academy of Music and Dance, with a sitting capacity of 550 was constructed in the year, for development of performing art.

The hall is lent out for various programmes and is equipped with a generator. It has one mobile stage which is used by different organizations for various functions.

The Heritage

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The Old Deputy Commissioner’s Bungalow, built by the British, between 1946 and 1949 was handed over to the Department of Art & Culture in 2006 and converted into the state’s ‘Heritage building’.

‘The Heritage’ was inaugurated and opened to the public by the then Chief Minister, Shri. Neiphiu Rio on 27th November, 2007. Since then, the Department has leased out the management of ‘The Heritage’ to private individuals.

Archives:

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The main objective of Nagaland State Archives is collection and preservation of the State’s Historical Records. Since its humble beginning with the view to preserve the records, the staffs of Archives Branch has collected more than 20,000 records consisting of Official Documents, Rare Books, Microfilms, Maps, Photographs, Private Papers, Newspaper Clippings etc. The records are collected from within and outside the State from different creating agencies. As the custodian of the historical heritage of the state, the State Archives assist and renders our services to Research Scholars, Historians, Administrators, Students, Individuals and creating agencies who intent to see historical documents of the Naga people.