People of the Konkan Division

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This article is about ethnic communities residing in the Konkan Division of Maharashtra. For the people who speak Konkani Language, see Konkani people .

The Konkan Division is the administrative division in the coastal region of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It has a diverse number of ethnic and religious communities.

Bhandaris[edit]

The Bhandari caste is among the seafaring caste of ancient and medieval India.They migrated southward from Rajputana in early 1100 CE and subsequently spread over different parts of India. Along with Maharashtra, Goa, parts of Karnataka like Karwar.

East Indians[edit]

Main article: East Indians

East Indians are a Marathi-speaking, Roman Catholic ethnic or sub-ethnic group, based in and around the city of Mumbai in western Indian state of Maharashtra. These people are of the original Marathi ethnic group and had been evangelized by the Portuguese.

Konkani/Konkani Muslims[edit]

There are large Konkani Muslim communities in Mumbai, Thane, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg. In local lingo, the pronunciation is Kokani rather than Konkani, which can be confused with konkani language speaking people from Goa. Kokani Muslims speak Kokani, a Marathi dialect, peculiar to the community. They are descendants of Arab traders (Mulla/Faqih) and some Hindu converts. Konkani Muslims are heavily involved in the merchant navy, shipbuilding, and textile industries in India. Most in villages are also into farming and fishing, whereas many work as expatriates in Gulf countries. They trace their ancestry back to the Arab traders who arrived on the Western coast of India during the medieval era. The diaspora spread out around India and the rest of the world but maintain their strong sense of community and identity. They predominantly belong to the Shafi'i school of Islamic jurisprudence, unlike North Indian Muslims who generally adhere to the Hanafi school.

Siddis[edit]

The Siddis are North African pirates who were shipwrecked near Ratnagiri. They quickly organized themselves and gained control of the surrounding territory. The Janjira fort was occupied and held by them for a long time, they are Muslims and are found around Ratnagiri and Raigad.

Notable people[edit]