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Village India

First Online: December 01, 2003
Page Last Updated: May 09, 2017

Introduction to Nation of Villages

It is often said that India is a nation of villages. While the urban population has dramatically increased in India over the last couple of decades, the rural economy and life is central to India's existence and identity. This section at Kamat's Potpourri is an attempt to provide graphic insights into the lifestyle and social infrastructure of rural India. The photographs were taken over a fifty year period, and many of the means or tools may  no longer be available or practiced. However, we feel they are of historical importance, and wish to document the rural life in India during the twentieth century.

Vignettes of Rural India

How Green Was My Valley
Relive the life in India before the Internet, television, cars, or telephones. 
Rural Rajasthan
Essay on how the rural folk have learned to live with shortage of water in Rajasthan.
Computers in Villages
Experiences of introducing computers in rural India during 1980s; includes quotes on why India needs computers.
Hometown India Project
Articles and pictures of common towns and villages of India, started by popular demand.
Ants and Tribals
Essay on human nature, the life of insects, and their co-existence based on a real life experience in Bengal.
Dancing for the Gods
In the remote village of Gundabala, a classical performance of Yakshagana is played for the appeasement of Lord Hanuman every night for eight months.
In Gond Territory
Conversation with a Gond elder providing insights into the lifestyle of a large tribal community of India.
Village of Abujamara
Kamat ventures into a deep tribal village of Abujamara and documents the experience.
House of Commons
Habitats of Commoners in India; includes homes, temples, doors, and windows.

 

 

 

Villages of India
Rural India

Pictures
At the Cockfight The Traveling Barber Shop A Village ScenePounding of RiceTrue to NatureBest Friends Fossil Free Transportation
Children Bathing at the Village PondBoys Playing in Rural BengalA Muslim Mystic Washes himself in the RiverGoing to Work with  BuffaloesConstruction WorkersLandlords Walking to FarmThree Children with a Bull
Boy Begging with a Country Musical InstrumentWomen Vending Cheap JewelryVillagers Resting by  Roadside During PilgrimageTribal YoungsterWomen Negotiating the Price of FishBack from the Village Fair Vagabond Beggar with String Instrument
At the Weekly MarketplaceOn way to Jagadalpur Dasara Villagers on the way to Nagadwara Snake FestivalThe Village of UlaviThe Village CobblerA Coconut Climbing Professional Walking to WorkWoman Carrying Firewood from Forest
The Four LegsWoman Quenches the Thirst of Two Bullocks Santhali tribal kids playing in a public pumpHomeward Bound Villagers  Gathered for a Cart RaceHalakki Farmers Walking to WorkCocks ready to Fight
Farmers Kids PlayingMan Arriving for a Cow FairVillagers at the Bullock Cart Racing

 

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