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The Directorate of Art and Culture, formerly known as the Naga Institute of Culture, came into being on the 1st November 1964. The objective initially was to carry on research on Naga Life and Culture and a Research Library. To begin with, the Institution was started in a small Hill type building spared by the Nagaland Civil Secretariat, headed by a Research Officer.

By early 1970, the building for the Directorate was constructed with an annexe for the State Museum. The Museum consisting of an ethnographic gallery was formally opened to the public on the 25th November 1970. Later in 1971, the department was renamed as the Directorate of Cultural Research and State Museum and again on the 4th December 1973 the department was finally renamed as the Directorate of Art and Culture, and as the years progressed, in the year 2008 dated 1st December also inaugurated The World War II Museum.

Functions & Duties

The Department of Art and Culture deals with the tangible and intangible heritage of our people. It also aims to build a bridge of values between the past and the present through conservation and maintenance of monuments, historic and legendary sites and objects that provide bases for reception of the good that has been thought and done in the past and to derive what is best for the present. The Objectives and Policies for promotion of Art and Culture are implemented through different schemes operated departmentally.

Activities of the Department can be broadly classified under the following sector:-

  • Promotion of Culture
  • Performing Arts
  • Promotion of Library Services
  • Archeology
  • Development of Archives
  • Registration of Antiquity
  • Cultural Research & Studies
  • Plastic and Fine Arts
  • Development of Museums
  • Protection of Heritage Sites

Over the years, the Department of Art and Culture has evolved to be a major Department of the State consisting of the following functions: