Kutchi people

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A Kutchi woman sleeping in Nirona village, north of Bhuj. The bracelets she is wearing above her elbows are typically adorned after marriage.

The Kutchi people (Gujarati: કચ્છી) traditionally hail from the Kutch region of the western Indian state of Gujarat.

Diaspora[edit]

Many Kachhis left Kutch during the British rule of India from 1850 to the 1940s, moving to commercial areas such as Kolkata, Mumbai and Hyderabad. Many also live in neighboring states such as Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

Many Kutchi migrated to East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Fiji and other British colonies , where they have further migrated to the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada and other countries.

A sizeable community of Kutchi Leva Patels can be found in Kenya, UAE, UK and Australia where they have established community centres and Swaminarayan Temples under Bhuj Temple, Kutch.

A traditional shawl weaver from Kutch, Gujarat

Language[edit]

The Kutchi language is a member of the Indo-Aryan (Indic) language family.[citation needed] Among the immigrant Kutchi people living outside India, major populations can be found in countries like Pakistan, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Fiji, Canada, United States, Oman and UK. They also speak the closely related Gujarati language, especially those living in cosmopolitan cities such as Mumbai and states like Kerala. The Kutchis who immigrated to Africa have adopted some phrases of the Swahili language and those who have settled in the U.K have incorporated some phrases of English into their language.

Communities[edit]

There are many castes in a typical Kutchi community, such as Ahir, Brahmin Rajgor, Gor, Mehta, Mota, Ajani, Janjani, Joshi, Pokena, Saraswat. Rahima (Arbab), Nohriya, Saati, Gharana, Lohar Wadha, Hingora, Halaypotra, Sanghar, Jat, Jadeja, Leva Patidars/Patels, Rathor, Khatri, Bhatti,MANDHRA [ Mandhra ] Hingorja (Khalifa), Hala, Memon, Geerahi, Batala, bholim Kumbhar (Kumhar), Solanki , Gaanchi, Jakohi, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandra Wahgair, Juneja Wara, Mistri, Lohanas, Nandwanas, Kutch Gurjar Kshatriyas, Mali, Meghwalh-Marvada,Mandra, Charaniya, Maheshwari-Barmati Panthi, Phariyar, Jains, Bhanushalis, Miyanas, Khojas and Bayar (Ruknani) .

Religion[edit]

Kutchis mainly adhere to the religions of Barmati-Panth of Dhani Matang Dev, Hinduism, Jainism, Kapadi and Islam.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Kutchi at Wikimedia Commons