Nari Kuravar
     

Nari Kuravar

"The gypsies of south India" 2010 - 2015

"We are kings of the forest, let those who dare try to subdue us."
                                                                           -Narikuravar Proverb


The Nari Kuravar community is known as the gypsies of Tamil Nadu, south India. Nomadic in nature, the community’s temporary settlements are found all over Tamil Nadu. However, settlements are concentrated in the northern and central districts of of the state. Living as hunters and gatherers,
the Nari Kuravar are also known for skills with basketry, fortune telling and making of bead necklaces. Highly disadvantaged due to the peculiarities of their language, nomadism and abject poverty, the community has suffered continuously from negative representations.