Welcome to the Department of Culture

Culture of Jammu and Kashmir is a comprehensive mingling of customs and practices of its two distinct regions, Kashmir and Jammu. Apart from its demographical variations, specific cultural diversions of its elements are what make culture of Jammu and Kashmir remarkable. Music, dance, cuisine, lifestyle, festivals, all these only highlight the diversities prevalent in these Provinces. Unity is restored when a common thread of cultural tradition binds them together,thus, making it a part of Jammu and Kashmir as a whole. Culture of Jammu and Kashmir is, therefore, an interesting reflection of colour, zest, harmony and concord which makes Jammu and Kashmir to stand apart with its distinct features of age old traditions, and deep ethnicity. Jammu and Kashmir has an unparalleled treasure of cultural and natural heritage. The cultural heritage wealth of the Jammu and Kashmir in the form of, tangible and intangible, is enormous and both the Divisions are known for their unique cultural assets. Culture Department with its primary mandate to preserve, develop and promote the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Jammu and Kashmir came into existence in the year 2008 with the Administrative control.