Distinct from the rest of the country, Jammu and Kashmir supports a multifaceted, multicolored and unique cultural blend. Not only the geographical conditions of it are different but it can also be set apart demographically, with varied ethinical and social entities, diversity of religions flourishing in the area, different language and cultural forms and heritage albeit with an over-reigning harmony that blends in with the serenity and beauty of the region. One gets dazed by the sheer diversity and richness of art and architecture, fairs and festivals, rites and rituals, seers and sagas, languages and mountains that thrive amongst the unparalleled cultural cohesion, which is exemplary.
Culture of Jammu and Kashmir is distinct and diverse, encompassing various habits and lifestyles of the people inhabiting the regions of Jammu and Kashmir. The Valley of Kashmir which is surrounded by the snow-clad Himalayas is one of the most beautiful spots in the world because of vast expanse of flat country with rich alluvial soil, lofty and glacial mountains, crystal streams, lofty crags, torrents, broad lakes, shady Chinar groves and pine forests. Kashmir has been the highest learning centre of Sanskrit and Persian as Indo-Aryan civilization has originated and flourished here. It also embraced the advent of Islam along with the virtues of Persian civilization such as tolerance, brotherhood and sacrifice. Nature's grand finale of beauty, Kashmir is the masterpiece of earth's creation and the folk performances of Kashmir are intimately mingled with the moods and movements of the seasons. Likewise, Jammu, the city of temples, also has a rich cultural heritage. Basoli paintings and the rich Dogra architectural heritage are famous country over.
The mission of the Department is to preserve, promote and disseminate all forms of art and culture. In order to achieve this, the Department undertakes the following activities: