With 29 per cent of the population belonging to one of 30 tribal communities in Jharkhand, the charm of one of India’s youngest states lies in its strong tribal identity. Travellers immerse themselves completely in the age-old rituals, traditional music, local cuisine, and oral literature when they get here. Some major tribes in Jharkhand, namely the Santhals, Oraons, Mundas, and Hons, are distinct in their lifestyles, festivals, and occupation, and are a treat for the culturally inclined to experience.
They like to display creativity in their ornamentation, art work (bamboo and wood work), and community dance forms including the Chhou dance that’s typically performed by the Saraikela and Charinda communities. This photograph was taken in Ranchi as the dancers prepared for the festivities to begin.