Birbhum district often called the ‘land of red soil’,  is noted for its landscape and cultural heritage. The adjoining Bolpur town is best known for Viswa Bharati, the university set up by the Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore. Numerous festivals are celebrated in this culturally rich district, including Poush Mela and Basanta Utsav.  Being the hub of bamboo craft, the acrobatic dance form of Raibenshe, Baul-Fakiri music, Birbhum is the home to 53 bamboo craftsmen, 63 Raibenshe artists and 266 Baul artists.