Dr. Nabakumar Duary


27, Jawaharlal Nehru Road

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Research Associate(Cultural), Anthropological Survey of India.

Qualification: Social-Cultural Anthropology from the University of Calcutta, Ph.D. degree by Ranchi University.\r\n\r\nWorked in the Institute of Social Research and Applied Anthropology, Calcutta, as a Research Fellow and served as a Junior Research Fellow of the Anthropological Survey of India (An. S.I.), Government of India, in Calcutta and Ranchi.




He has research experience of more than one decade and has conducted empirical study among major tribal groups including primitive tribes in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh states of India. He also studied on the rural folk painters of Indo-Nepal border of Bihar state. The focal area of his research is on tribal and folk culture of India. He has published more than one dozen of research articles in edited books and journals and made - significant contribution in the field of education of tribals, economy, health, ecology, art, religion and traditions. He has been associated with many professional organizations and life members of the various anthropological institutions. Dr. Duary has participated in many anthropological seminars and workshops at national and international level.\r\n




ISSN: 2249 3433


The word tribe is variously used in literature to denote a community on the basis of homogeneity. Originally many autochthonous communities who were identified by similar culture, social organisation and governance, living away from the main stream life of a country, were mentioned as tribe by their colonial rulers and Western scholars. Many such communities have moved towards the mainstream lifestyle so that they may no longer be identified as secluded, underdeveloped people with queer customs. This has happened to all areas of the world where tribal communities live. Still, many tribal communities lead their lives in very primitive ways devoid of the techno-economic glamour of contemporary civilization. These communities are labeled as "Primitive Tribal Groups". Indian Government has identified such tribal groups to give special attention to their development, whereas in the Indian Constitution all the tribal groups are recognized as "scheduled tribes".


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