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The People of India

First Online: February 10, 2001
Last Updated: January 11, 2018



Any attempt to classify the vast population of India (more than one billion now) is bound to run into problems due the cultural complexities and the interrelated seminaries of the castes and communities. My attempt in the year of 1998, one based on caste was a miserable failure and I have since withdrawn it. So this page at Kamat's Potpourri will henceforth just provide an index to the diversity of Indian people without classifying them.

-Vikas Kamat


Diversity of the People of India

People of India

Never Been Photographed
Fascinating photographic exhibition of common Indians who have never been in front of a camera.
Natives of The Timeless Theater
Articles and pictures on the tribal societies of India. 
The Indian Women
Section on the status and role of women in India. Includes numerous photographs, history, biographies and references
The Children of India
Portraits of Indian children; includes a subsection on the street children of India.
Famous Indians
Biographies and portraits of accomplished Indians.
The Christians of Karavali
Kannada language article on the Konkani speaking Christians of Indian West Coast
Gypsies of India
Section on the nomadic tribes of India, known as Lambanis.
Given to Goddess
Article and a number of pictures on the mysterious cult in Southern India called the devotees of Yellamma or Devadasis (temple women)
The African Connection
Feature on the Indo-African nexus over the centuries. Includes pictures of the Siddi community.
The Iyengar Brahmins


See Also:

  • A Billion Faces Now -- Diverse faces of India in a photographic exhibition
  • Brahmin Communities -- A comprehensive list of Brahmin communities of India documented for anthropological research purposes.



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