Mukutmanipur is inhabited by three major tribes - Santal, Munda and Bhumij (Sardar), all of which belong to the Proto-Austroloid ethnic group.
Cuisine: While the landscape invigorates, the cuisine appeases the senses. Rice is the mainstay of every meal. The village delicacy is the Charpa Pitha, which is similar to a pancake, prepared with the dough of minced meat and rice flour and steamed in Sal leaves. The meal, best enjoyed in the traditional way sitting on the floor in a home stay environment, leaves you asking for more!
Folk Culture: Dance and music is an inseparable part of tribal life. Tribal songs in Santali and Mundari language, the tribal dance in the traditional costume and the hypnotic beating of the Madal (drum) together forge an unforgettable experience. Most dances are performed in groups and by women only. They adorn white saree with red border and put on colourful garlands. There are different dances like Dasain, Pata, Saharai, Dong or Buang, Lagren etc.
The instruments are played by the men folk . The male persons put on white Dhoti and turbans on head. They use traditional musical instruments: Madal, Dhamsa and Kendra are the three predominating instruments famous for their tribal origin. Madal and Dhamsa are classified as percussion or rhythmic instruments and Kendra is a string instrument played with a bow. Madal has an earthen body while the body of Dhamsa is made of iron. Animal skin is used to cover Dhamsa and Madal.
Festivals: The main festivals in the area are Sahrai, Saalui (Baha), Badna, Dasai and Tusu. Sahrai is a post harvest festival of the Santal community that falls during October or November. Baha is a festival of flowers celebrated with dance and music in March during the full moon associated with Holi. During the Badna festival in November (Kartik month), cows are worshipped. Dasai dance is a particular dance performed by men on the Bijoya Dashami day of Durga Puja.
Tusu, a post harvest festival held in December- January. Bhadu is a festival in music form held during August-September and related to early rice harvest. Colourful processions are lead by women accompanied by songs in memory of Bhadreswari or Bhadu, the
princess of Kashipur of the neighbouring district of Purulia. Cockfighting is a tradition observed by the local community during February and March.
Mukutmanipur Mela (fair) is organised during the first week of January. Cultural performances by the tribal communities in the region and presence of craft items from all over Bankura district makes the fair most attractive and colourful. The fair lasts for about a week.