The Department of Art & Culture, Manipur started functioning as a full-fledged Department in 1990 after bifurcation of the erstwhile Department of Social Welfare, Art & Culture. The Directorate of Art & Culture with its office located at Cultural Complex, Palace Compound, Imphal functions as the central headquarter of 8 (eight) subordinate offices and 3 (three) Government undertakings / Institutions / Societies.
Manipur is inhabited by different communities – Meitei, Chakpa, Meitei-Pangal (Muslims), and scheduled tribes, viz. Aimol, Anal, Chiru, Chothe, Gangte, Hmar, Kabui (Raungmei), Kacha Naga (Zemei/Liangmai), Kharam, Koireng, Kom, Lamkang, Maomei, Maram, Maring, Mizo, Monsang, Moyon, Paite, Poumai, Purum, Ralte, Shukte, Simte, Tangkhul, Tarao, ThadouKuki, Thangal (Koirao), Vaiphei, Zou, etc. These communities collectively possess a wide variety of material and cultural properties that form a rich repository of Manipuri culture and civilization. It is the main task of the Department to play a pivotal role in promoting and propagating these cultu