20th Century Families
Indian Family Photographs
Introduction to Joint Family System
This section is created from Kamat's collection of family photographs. For most part of the twentieth century, Indians lived in what was known as the Hindu-Joint-Families, where multiple families shared same household, kitchen, bathrooms and even professions. As the decades passed, this family structure came under tremendous social pressure with need for privacy, and family planning, and towards the end of the century, the India moved towards a nuclear family.
I encourage students of sociology to carefully study this photographic exhibit. It uncovers a family lifestyle of the past, reveals how the family unit morphed in India during the British occupation and since, and beautifully illustrates what Indians have valued most -- the family as a divine unit.
Like Kamat's Never Been Photographed, many photographs here are the first pictures taken of their life, and are important historically.
The logo is derived from a much publicized family planning campaign in India that failed miserably.
Indian Family Pictures
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