Information & Culture


  • District Information & Cultural Officer, Purulia
  • Sub Divisional Information & Cultural Officer (Sadar), Purulia
  • Field Information Assistant (FIA), 4.Upper Division Clerk
  • Lower Division Clerk
  • Audio Visual  Unit Operator
  • Wings of DICO, Purulia are 1. The District Information & Cultural Office, Ranchi Road, Purulia (Telefax 03252-222452), 2. Sub Divisional Information & Cultural Office, Raghunathpur, Block Office Raghunathpur Block Office 03251-256111,

    The working hours for both the offices is 10 AM – 05-30 PM except on Saturdays, Sundays & national/local holidays.

    District & Sub-divisional Information Centers-disseminate information on the the activities & achievements of the State Govt. through booklets, leaflets, periodicals, photographs & posters. Also provide library facilities to the people of the area,

    With a view to the dissemination of arts and culture in an extensive manner and extending infrastructure facilities to all kinds of performing arts the West Bengal State Government took over Purulia Rabindra Bhaban in late eighties. Situated on the bank of Nibaran Sayar, (Saheb Bandh) the location advantage of this auditorium takes the privilege of attracting audience to a great extent. All sorts of cultural programmes, seminar, and meetings are held here. It is the largest and one of the busiest auditoriums of Purulia district. This auditorium is under the administrative control of the District Information & Cultural Officer, Purulia. Presently, this auditorium is under re-construction by the technical and financial help of Purulia Zilla Parishad.


    The Information & Cultural Departmental set-up at Purulia district (District Information & Cultural Office & Sub Divisional Information & Cultural Office, Raghunathpur) work under the directions of the four directorates of the Information & Cultural Department


    1. Information Directorate
    2. Culture Directorate
    3. Film Directorate
    4. Archaeology Directorate


    1. To disseminate information about the activities & achievements of the State Govt. through different media through the well-knit network of offices in the districts & sub-divisions.
    2. To keep the Ministers & other senior Govt. functionaries aware of the public reaction reflected through the media & other sources.
    3. To promote & preserve our cultural heritage including the folk culture
    4. To preserve our archeological heritage
    5. To organize state ceremonies & to extend hospitality to the visiting Indian & Foreign dignitaries.
    State Govt. Protected Archeaological Monuments At Purulia District
    Sl. No. Name of the monument Place & Block
    1 Durga Temple Para
    2 Mound Haraktore, Para
    3 Radha Govinda Mandi Cheliyama, Raghunathpur II
    4 Siva Temple Kroshjuri, Kashipur
    5 Jain Temple Pakbirra, Puncha
    6 Basudeb Temple Arsha, Arsha
    7 Jain & Other Images Suissa, Bagmundi
    8 Rashmandir Begunkodar, Jhalda II
    9 Temples & Scuptures Siddheswar Ashram, Boram, Jaipur
    Central Govt. Protected Archeaological Monuments At Purulia District
    Sl. No. Name of the monument Place & Block
    1 Jain Temple Banda, Raghunathpur II
    Recipients of different prizes of “Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi” from Purulia
    YEAR Name of Prize Personality
    1997 Soumen Chando” Prize for young writer (below 45 years) Saikat Rakhkhit for his book “MARAI KAL
    Anita Sunil Kumar Basu” Memorial prize Nirmal Haldar for his book of poems “Aarek Bhubon”
    1997 Life Time Achievement for his contribution in Bengali literature. Subodh Kumar Basuroy – the editor “Chhatrak”
    1998 Life Time Achievement for his contribution in Bengali literature. Mohini Mohan Gangopadhya

    Recipients of different prizes of Folk Tribal Cultural Centre, Kolkata from Purulia

    Sudhi Pradhan Puraskar (Prize)

    Sudhi Pradhan Puraskar is an award named after the renowned personality Late Sudhi Pradhan ex Chairman of Folk and Tribal Cultural Centre, Kolkata as well as a life-long patron of folk art form. This award is given annually from the centre in his memory. The award is given to the creative and promising young artiste their respective field of performance within the age group of 50 years. The Chairman of the Centre usually confers this award. The amount of Sudhi Pradhan Puraskar is Rs.15,000/- and it started from the year 1999. The recipient of this award from Purulia district is Gunadhar Sahis (Natua) in the year 2000.

    Laloon Puraskar (Prize)

    Laloon Puraskar (Prize)” is given annually by West Bengal State Government. Folk and Tribal Cultural Centre nominates the name of the artist for Laloon Puraskar every year. This is a State level award and is given to aged folk artists for their life time achievement in their respective fields. The amount of Laloon Puraskar is Rs.25,000/-. The award is given by the Chief Minister of the State. The recipients of this award from the district of Purulia are Late Smt. Sindhukala Devi (Jhumur), Sri Salabat Mahato (Jhumur) and Sri Bhagaban Das Kumar (Chhou).

    (Source: D.I.C.O, Purulia)