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 6,000 artists pursue this vibrant performing folk art tradition in Purulia.
The 9th edition of Chau Jhumur Utsav will be celebrated by the Chau Jhumur artists on December 20 - 22, 2019 in Balarampur, Purulia. This 3-day village festival has been evolved as a major crowd-puller of the region. Apart from attending the festival that celebrate the rich cultural tradition of the region, visitors can explore the nearby places like the 8th century Jain temple of Deulghata on the bank of the picturesque Kansai river and visit to 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.