Purulia is a pied panorama of nature, people, culture and heritage. It is the land of the spectacular Chau dance inscribed in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010.
Chau is a colorful, martial mask dance of eastern India. The performances, called Palas, begin with Jhumur song followed by Shehnai. The dance is marked by acrobatic twists and turns. The stories are based on mythological tales propagating moral and ethical values. Nearly 2,000 artists pursue this vibrant performing folk art tradition in Purulia.
Balarampur hosts a 3 day Chau-Jhumur festival in the third week of December which is a major crowd-puller. The artists will celebrate the 8th edition of Chau Jhumur Utsav on December 20 - 22, 2019. The place also offers a variety of other things for visitors to do in and around like witnessing the 8th century Jain temple of Deulghata on the bank of the picturesque river Kansai and a climb up the Joychandi Hills.
Government of West Bengal's Department of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises & Textiles, in association with UNESCO, has developed a Rural Craft Hub in Purulia.
Every year the local artists of Bamnia celebrate Chau Jhumur Utsav which is supported by WBKVIB. This year they will celebrate the festival from December 20 - 22, 2019.