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Birbhum is the “The land of red soil (Lalbhumi)” also known as “the land of the brave” or Virbhumi. Remnants of civilizations add profound historical importance to this place. Several kings have dominated Birbhum since beginning. Birbhum is noted for its topography and its cultural heritage which is unique and is somewhat diﬀerent from that of the other districts in West Bengal. There is a great prominence of Bauls, martial art of Raibenshe, Shola work and Kantha embroidery.
Some of the prominent Baul akhras around Bolpur are that of Rina Das Baul and Rabi Das Baul.
Visitors interested to travel to Jaydev can visit ashrams of Sadhu Das Baul and Lakhshman Das Baul. Raibenshe the prominent traditional martial art dance form that combines acrobatic movements and balancing tricks is also prominent in Charkhol, Ahmedpur villages. There are 5 Raibenshe groups in Birbhum. Nanoor of Birbhum is known for the intrinsic Kantha work. Kantha is unique in its ethnicity, traditional appeal and contemporary allure. It is a form of personal expression, an art-craG that was made spontaneously or even whimsically at times. There are more than 1000 practicing Kantha artists in & around Nanoor. The shola craG tradition of the Malakars is also popular in Surul region of Birbhum. Kamal Malakar and Kanchan Malakar are the master craGsperson of Shola and make intricate Shola works. Know More »
Gulancha home stay, Nayantara, Nibhriti, Udashibabar Akhra, Dancing lights, West Bengal Tourism lodges (Rangabitan and Santobitan). Udashi Babar Akhra at Ballabhpur has a mud house with 2 rooms and a small tree house (ﬂoor bedding) It is an interesting stay option with space for ﬂourishing folk culture and indigenous rural lifestyle of Bengal. The 4 acre campus of Tepantar Theatre Village, 23 km from Santiniketan have 7 twin-shared cottages and 5 dorms each accommodating 10 persons. Guest can experience Theatre Show, Baul music in addition.