Madhya Pradesh shows of a colorful and vibrant culture. The state has a wide population of tribal communities and simultaneous existence of the tribes has brought about the amalgamation of the traditions of different tribal groups. The prime tribes of Madhya Pradesh are Bhil, Gonda and Oraon. The tribal influence on the cultural development of the stat is manifold.
The tribal art form in Madhya Pradesh is highly famous and diverse form of art and craft. The important works of art in the state involve toy and doll made out of natural materials, bamboo work, carpet weaving, metal work, jewelry and pottery. The handloom of Madhya Pradesh is a focal point for the women of India because of Maheshwari silks and Chanderi Sarees.
The interesting population of the state comes to festive mood during typical Indian festivals. The local festivals of the state also obtain equal standards as that of the national festivals and they are marked with folk songs, cock fights and tribal dances. Bhagoria Haat is a famous festival feted by Bhil and Bilalas. Kumbha mela is a unique fair in India that is held in Madhya Pradesh only.
When we attempt to go deep inside the culture of a state, the food habit of its inhabitants form a great influence. Jowar is the staple food of the state however presently the state has shifted its preference of staple from Jowar to wheat. The people of north and west of Madhya Pradesh show a preference of mutton while the South and East pf the state shows a likeness towards rice and fish. A native recipe of wheat cake, rich is Ghee is a specialty of the Madhya Pradesh cuisines and it is consumed with wheat. Non vegetarian dishes like korma, kabab, biryani and keema are trademark of the Madhya Pradesh food preparation. A famous sweet drink Lassi is a favored summer drink in the state.