The Chhota Nagpur Plateau is rich in culture and tradition. It is the home of many tribal communities who reside here since thousands of years. There are more than 20 tribes residing here and each of them has their own festivals and traditions. In Jharkhand and West Bengal the tribal festivals are very popular.
Chhau dance is one of the the most unique artforms of this region. It is performed by the tribal communities of Purulia. West Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa have their own versions of Chhau. The one celebrated in Jharkhand and West Bengal uses elaborate mask and colourful costumes while the dance in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha focuses more on costume and doesn’t use mask.
The best way to see Chhau festival in India is during how jhumar Utsav in Purulia. They are performer who visit Surajkund Mela For Chhau performance. In either cases you will have to to confirm about the date to experience the dance.