Masan painting is a primordial artform that is found to be practiced mainly in northern West Bengal and northern Bangladesh including some parts of Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, and eastern Nepal. The word Masan is derived from the word Shashanwhich is the Bengali of the Hindu cremation ground. Masan art, also known as Masan chitrakala, is mainly practiced by the Rajbangshi (Rajbonshi) tribe in Bengal and it has high cultural and religious importance in the lives of the Rajbangshi community.