Chau, the acrobatic martial dance, is a popular art form in Purulia. Chau is inscribed in the Representative list of the Intangible cultural heritage of humanity. The extravagant masks and dazzling costumes make Chau's performance a delightful spectre, riotous and revealing. The Chau mask has been presented with the Geographical Identification (G.I.) tag and intellectual property of India. .Generally craftspersons make masks of deities, epic and also of tribal characters. The masks are of different sizes starting from small to large ones.The tradition of making Chau masks started in Charida around 150 years back during the rule of King Madan Mohan Singh Deo of Baghmundi. There are 387 practicing artists in Charida village of Purulia.