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 Visva Bharati, the university set up by the litterateur and philospher 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 239 bamboo craftsmen, 4 sholacraft artists, 125 Patachitra painters, 1574 Kantha artists, 38 pottery artists, 63 Raibenshe artists and 274 Baul artists.
Kantha making is a “women’s art” .It was the Bengali housewife who helped the art of embroidery to evolve.