The Tribals of India - Through the lens of Sunil Janah

The Tribals of India - Through the lens of Sunil Janah

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Author: Sunil Janah
Photographer: Sunil Janah
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 200
ISBN/UPC (if available): 019566127 3


This book is a collection of rare and unusual photographs of the tribals of India, accompanied by descriptions of the author's experiences among them. This new edition contains over a hundred and forty black and white photographs representing almost all of the major tribal belts of India.

Beginning in the early forties, renowned photographer Sunil Janah travelled extensively for thirty years to hitherto inaccessible tribal villages. For days he lived with these people and developed a closeness and friendship with them. It was with this friendship that he captured with his camera several moments in their lives.

In the east: the Santals, the Oraons, the Bhumias and the Hos of Jharkhand and the bordering regions of West Bengal and Bihar; the Gadabas, the Saoras and the Juangs of Orissa; the Chakmas of Tripura and the Hajangs of Bengal.

In central India: the Murias, the Hill Marias and the Bison-horn Marias of Bastar.

In the west: the Bhils of Rajasthan, the Warlis of the Western Ghats and the Todas of the Nilgiris.

In the north-east: the Kukis of Manipur and the Nagas of Nagaland; the Abors, the Daflas and the Mishmis of Arunachal Pradesh; the Miris of the Brahmaputra valley; the Kacharis, the Khasis, the Garos and the Mikirs of Assam and Meghalaya.

The stunning photographs area visual delight and offer a rare glimpse into the world of these tribal communities, unspoilt for centuries. The book is of anthropological value since the life of the tribals has changed to a large extent within the last two decades.


An irreplaceable record of people whose lives were later radically changed by development.

-The New York Times

Sunil Janah is to India what Henri Cartier-Bresson was to France and what Margaret Bourke-White was to America: a daring visionary who straddles photojournalism and fine art by always being in the right place at the right time.

-Peter Nagy, Time Out, New York

Janah’s pictures are a record for posteriry.

-The Telegraph Magazine, Kolkata