Art Literature and Culture plays an important role in the development of any State. Rajasthan being the largest State of India has a vast collections of Songs, Music, Dance, Theatre, Folk Tradition, Performing Arts, Rites and Rituals, Paintings and writings that are known as the “Intangible Culture Heritage” (ICH) of humanity. In order to preserve these elements, the Ministry of Art, Literature, Culture and Archaeology implements a number of Schemes and Programmes aimed at providing financial support to Individuals, Groups and Cultural Organisations engaged in performing visual and literary arts etc.
The State of Rajasthan is rich in Historical and Archaeological source material which is scattered all over the State throwing a flood of light on its ancient history and culture. Ministry of Art, Literature, Culture and Archaeology, Government of Rajasthan is working Whole-heartedly to conserve, promote and develop the State’s Art, Culture, Literature, Monuments and Heritage sites.
This Ministry is responsible for the protection, development and promotion of both tangible and intangible heritage and culture and also manages several knowledge resource centres. The Ministry takes care of all the protected monuments of the State through Archaeology and Museum Department and also promotes the museum movement in the country and majority of the important museums of the State are under its administrative control. The Ministry extends financial support to individuals, groups of individuals and cultural organisations engaged in performing visual and literary arts. Similarly the Ministry, under its various Linguistic and Cultural Academies, is engaged in recognising excellence in the field of Art, Literature and Culture by way of awards.
Major Activities of the Department in nutshell are as follows:
- Functions like preservator and conservator of our cultural heritage and promotion of all forms of art and culture, both tangible and intangible.
- Development of Art and Literature.
- Conservation of cultural traditions.
- To give financial assistance to State Artists.
- Financial aids, motivation and encouragement to all Non-Government culture organisations.
- To encourage and honour individuals and institutions promoting Cultural Heritage.
- Exploration, excavation and conservation of Archaeological Sites, Monuments of State.
- To propagate Rajasthani Literature, Culture and Heritage in India and abroad.
Art, Literature, Culture and Archaeology Department of Rajasthan is headed by the Honourable Minister, Art, Literature, Culture and Archaeology Department and supported by the Additional Chief Secretary/Principal Secretary/Secretary to Government with supporting Staff, One Joint Secretary/Deputy Secretary, Two Section Officers and Ministerial employees.
The Ministry of Art, Literature, Culture and Archaeology, Rajasthan functions through Four attached Directorates, Two Authorities, Four Institutions and Nine Academies as under –
1- Archaeology and Museum Department Jaipur (A &M)
2- Rajasthan Oriental Research Institute, Jodhpur (RORI)
3- Rajasthan State Archives Department, Bikaner
4- Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Arabic Persian Research Institute, Tonk (MAAPRI)
5- Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur (JKK)
6- Amer Development and Management Authority, Jaipur (ADMA)
7- Rajasthan Heritage Protection and Promotion Authority, Jaipur (RHPPA)
8- Jaipur Kathak Kendra, Jaipur
9- Ravindra Manch, Jaipur
10- Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Academy, Jodhpur
11- Rajasthan Lalit kala Academy, Jaipur
12- Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal, Udaipur
13- Rajasthan Bhasha, Sahitya, Sanskriti Academy, Bikaner
14- Rajasthan Sahitya Academy, Udaipur
15- Rajasthan Sanskrit Academy, Jaipur
16- Rajasthan Sindhi Academy, Jaipur
17- Rajasthan Urdu Academy, Jaipur
18- Rajasthan Brij Bhasha Academy, Jaipur
19- Rajasthan Panjabi Bhasha Academy, Sri Ganganagar