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Stories of Bastar Travel


by K. L. Kamat
Last Updated: January 10, 2018


Bastar (Ba-stir) is the most underdeveloped district of Madhya Pradesh  (in present day state of Chhattisgarh) in Central India. About 70% of Bastar is full of dense forest with 72% of the population being tribal (1979).

I took up this study at the behest of the Karnataka Literary Academy, and during the year-long  study the scholarship funded, I roamed the forests of Central India studying the lives and customs of the native people. Here are excerpts from the Kannada original, Bastara Pravasa, Pustakalaya 1991.

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Stories of Bastar Travel
Table of Contents | Arrival | Chotedongar | Jagadalpur Bazar
In Gond Forest | Ghotul Schools | Picture Gallery

See Also:


  • Kamat Krishnanand, Bastara Pravasa in Kannada, Pustakalya, 1991
  • Kamat Krishnanand, KalaRanga in Kannada, Manohara Grinth Mala,
  • Kamat K. L., The Timeless Theater , CyberCrow, 1999
  • Life in Gond Village and other Works of Verrier Elwin

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A care-free woman of BastarA Wooden Idol of Ganesh Worshipped by Tribals of Madhya PradeshA Gift of LoveMaidens on their way to GhotulAdivasi DancerGhotul buildings, Madhya Pradesh
Two tribal youngsters go for a smoke, JagadalpurTribal BeautyGonda Women, ChindawadaVillagers belongings at the Village FairNever Been PhotographedWooden Facial Mask of Bison Horn Maria
A Group of Memorials at Barsur in BastarFarm Guard House (Manchal) of AdivasisGigantic Hat Made with Hay StrawsPicture of Sukhdev Rajamestri Elderly Woman Belonging to Gonda TribeGonda Women
Muria Dancer with Cowrie DecorationsMap of Bastar district in Madhya PradeshMembers of the Royal FamilyBullock Carts at ChindwadaCollection of CombsIn a Tribal Town
A Mahuva TreeNecklace of CoinsOn the way to Bastar FairPalace of Praveer Chandra Bhanj Deo

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