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The Santal Tribe

First Online: March 12, 2003
Page Last Updated: January 11, 2018


The Santals (a.k.a. Santhals) are a dominant native community of Northeastern India. They are found mainly in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa states of India and in Bangladesh. Known for their ability to bear hardships, they are regarded as proud and brave soldiers. In fact one of the early rebellions against the British was led by a Santali leader,  Baba Tilka Majhi.

All of the following photographs were taken by K.L.Kamat in early 1970, in rural West Bengal. Read also The Red Ants and the Santali Boy that depicts the harsh treatment meted out to the Santals during those years. 

-Vikas Kamat

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A  drummer of the Santhal tribe, West BengalSantali Tribal Boy Hunting Bird with Bow and ArrowWoman Picks Rice
Santhali WomanEducation of the Santhali Boy

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