As the second most populated country in
the world and with a population of over 1 billion, India is home to
1, 500 different languages and dialects, a varied ethnic makeup, and
rich cultural diversity unmatched by any other country of the world.
Among this mix of people are India's indigenous communities often
referred to as aboriginal or tribal communities. Although these communities
form a significant proportion of India's population they are often
invisible in the discourse on Indian society and culture.
Sudha Anand will discuss the cultural diversity of the tribal
communities of the state of Madhya Pradesh, India, that is home
to a large percentage of India's tribal population. Her talk is
accompanied by two short graphical presentations: "The Elves
Of the Forests" illustrates the primary clans, customs,
rituals and life styles of the tribal communities; "The
Lost Horizons" is a sequel that highlights the discrimination,
social rejection and marginalization that these communities encounter
when they are forced to migrate to urban areas in search of a better
Dr. Anand is a Professor of English and a social
science researcher from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India.