By having a wider vision for better achievements
in preservation and promotion of Cultural
heritages in the Southern part of Mizoram, the
Art & Culture Department, Govít of Mizoram took
initiatives to have a District Office at
Lunglei. Therefore, the District Art & Culture
Office was established on 19th
August. 1998 at Lunglei. The Office was housed
in a rental private building within Rahsiveng
locality, opposite to Mizoram State Transport
Bus Station. The administrative jurisdiction of
the District Office is stretched to Lunglei,
Lawngtlai and Saiha District.
SETUP : The District Art & Culture
Office, Lunglei is the only District Office in
the state under the Art & Culture Department.
The District Library, District Museum, Art and
culture Auditorium and Multi-Purposed Cultural
Complex ( MPCC ) were under its establishment.
The District Office, Lunglei was manned by a
few skeleton staff. At the outset, the Office
was headed by the District Research Officer (
DRO ) which was upgraded to the Senior Research
Officer (SRO) in Aug. 2008. Most of the staff
were pulled together from different Wings of the
department and new posts had not been created
for the Office till date.
FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES OF
THE OFFICE :
(1) To drive awareness
in order to inculcate the importance of
preservation and promotion of Culture in
the minds of the people and make various
programmes to achieve the objectives.
(2) To organize at
least four big Cultural programmes for the
Southern part of Mizoram every year.
To promote literature, Drama, Music and
(4) To conduct
condensed course of training in traditional
dances at Lunglei and to organize
short course of training as and when
(5) To make an effort
for setting up good and reliable Cultural Clubs,
Drama Clubs, etc. which can be called to perform
if and when necessary.
(6) To work in
collaboration with Non-Governmental Organization
(NGOs) like YMA, MUP, MHIP, MAL, MZI, etc as
afar as possible to achieve the objectives.
To preserve ancient monuments and
landmarks available in the Southern part of
Mizoram which are worthy of preservation.
To develop and enrich the existing
District Library and District Museum.
To drive awareness for setting up more
village Libraries in towns and village.
To make effort in fulfillment of
Departments objectives as, when and where
PROMOTION AND DEVELOPMENT
OF PUBLIC LIBRARIES:
A. DISTRICT LIBRARY :
The district Library, Lunglei was established on
20th July, 1975 under Education Department,
Govít of Mizoram. Since the trifurcation of
Education Department in 1989, all the
governmentís public Libraries were under the Art
& Culture Department. Therefore, after the
Inauguration of district Office at Lunglei , the
District Library, Lunglei was under the
establishment of the District Art & Culture
The District Library, Lunglei
was housed in the 4th floor of Saikuti Hall with
well Organized facilities. On its well
management and administration, the Raja Ram
MohanRoy Library Foundation (RRRLF) has awarded
National Level Award in 2001. 21,408 numbers of
valuable books in different subjects were
already collected and procured till date.
Moreover, a good number of local and national
newspaper, journals and magazines were
subscribed for the Visitors. 661 number of
Library members were already enrolled in this
Library. Approximately there were 4200 numbers
of Visitors per year in the last five years.
Recognised Village Public Libraries :
In order to promote public Library services, the
Art & Culture Department used to give
recognition to rural public Library and used to
release grants under the scheme of RRRLF to such
Libraries. There were 61 numbers of recognized
Library in the Southern part of Mizoram. A good
numbers of variety books and facilities were
distributed to these Libraries as a grant every
year through the District Library, Lunglei.
In view of promotion and development of the
public library services, training programmes
were also organized at Lunglei.
DISTRICT MUSEUM, LUNGLEI :
The District Museum, Lunglei was established in
the 1st floor of Saikuti Hal. It was Inaugurated
on 3rd Aug. 2006 at the outset. The Indian
Museum, Kolkata which is the Nodal Agency for
the development of Museum in the North East
India; has started preparation and developmental
works of the District Museum as invited their
assistance by the department in 2005. 20 Nos of
beautiful show cases and 8 Nos of Diorama show
cases were installed in the Museum. The diorama
show cases were beautified with 19. Nos of
statues with background painting. More than 200.
Nos of rare and valuable artifacts of different
variety were displayed in the show cases. More
than 965 Museum objects were collected and
procured since its establishment.
ART & CULTURE AUDITORIUM
AND COSTUMES: The Art & Culture Department
has 400-500 seated capacity of Auditorium in the
heart of the Lunglei town. The building was
constructed in 1991 and it can be used for the
public on hire system. The rent so collected
were utilized for its maintenance and wages of
duty / chowkidar.
A variety of traditional dresses were purchased
and stocked in the District Art & Culture
Office. It can also be lent-out to the public on
hire system. The rent so collected were utilized
for purchase of new costumes and its
MULTI-PURPOSED CULTURAL COMPLEX (MPCC),
LUNGLEI: The construction and establishment
of Multi-Purposed Cultural Complex (MPCC) is
still going on at Sazaikawn, Lunglei. Around 70
% of the construction works had been completed
and it is expected to fully complete during the