The Santhal belong to the protoastraloid racial group, The Santhal are very conscious about their identity and heritage. They have consciously or unconsciously built up a sense of solidarity amongst themselves.
Performance—Santhal love dancing. It is in their blood. Dance is the important part of the Santhal fairs and festivals. After the long day hard work, Santhal relax themselves with the light music and dance. Santhal women dress in the red bordered white sari and dance in the line sequence. Apart from dance Santhal play great music using Tirio (bamboo flute with the seven holes), Dhodro banam (which consists of belly called lac covered with an animal skin on which rests the bridge (sadam, lit, horse), an open chest (korom), a short neck (hotok) and a head (bohok), with a fretless stringed instrument with three or four strings, Tumdak, Tamak, Junko and Singa.