सिका छ ,सीकावा छ, सीके राज घडवा छ,सीको गोरमाटी सिकलो रा, सिक सिक राज पथ चढलो रा,सीके वाळो सिक पर लेल सेवारो रूप रा.---Dr.Chavan Pandit


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Indian Banjare

The Banjara (also Banjari, Bangala, Banjori, Banjuri, Brinjari, Lamani, Lamadi, Lambani, Labhani, Lambara, Lavani, Lemadi, Lumadale, Labhani Muka, Gohar-Herkeri, Goola, Gurmarti, Gormati, Kora, Singali, Sugali, Sukali, Tanda, Vanjari, Wanji) are a community in India spread in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and other states of India. Abuot half their number speaks Lambadi, one of the Rajasthani dialects of Hindustani, while others are native speakers of Hindi, Telugu and other languages dominant in their respective areas of settlement. They are a Scheduled Tribe in Orissa, a Scheduled Caste in Karnataka, Haryana, Punjab, and Himachal Pradesh.They live in settlements called Tandas. They have a unique culture and dance form. The women wear colorful and beautiful costumes and have tattoos on their hands. Their traditional occupation is agriculture and trade. Banjaras are also a group of nomadic cattle herders.The traditional food of Lambadis is Bati which is Roti. Their customs, language and dress indicate they originated from Rajasthan. Their traditional occupation is agriculture and trade. The accurate history of Lambanis or Lambadis or Banjaras is not known but the general opinion among them is that they fought for Prithvi Raj against Muhammad of Ghor. The trail of the Lambadi/Banjara can be verified from their language, Lambadi borrows words from Rajasthani, Gujarathi, Marathi and the local language of the area they belong to.Banjaras originally belong to Rajasthan and they were Rajputs who migrated to southern parts of India for trade and agriculture. They settled down in the southern or central areal of the country and slowly loosened contacts with Rajasthan, and their original community. Over a period of time both the communities separated and they adopted the local culture. The language spoken by Banjaras settled in Yavatmal district of Vidarbha, Maharashtra is an admixture of Hindi,Rajasthani and Marathi. The word "Banjara" itself means " the one who travels and dosent have their own Home" The Banjara are (together with the Domba) sometimes called the "Gypsies of India".

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Shrinivas said...

Its really great to know a lot about our culture and the way we came from. Hats off to the one who collected this information and hope will get much more information about our History.
Thank You

Shrinivas Rathod,
a proud Goarmati,
email: srini@innovativefilmcity.in

Badshah Naik said...

Thanks,srinivas for ur reply .
I am agree with ur terms this information gives us information about our religion ,history............i got this information from net serfing,wikipedia.

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