Balmudra Development & Research Centre has taken pictures in over hundred rural villages across India with an aim of preserving a record of tribal culture and history in the face of modernisation and integration. Through tribalimages.com, anybody can easily access information and images about the life of India’s tribal community.

There are over 100 million tribes not following the Hindu caste society in India. Their origins precede the Vedic Aryans and the Dravidians of the south. The Adivasi still speak tribal languages not understood by the dominant Hindus, and they follow archaic customs foreign to both Hindus and Muslims alike.

It is unlikely that these people will be able to continue in their traditional way of life for a longer period of time. Due to the pressure of land and relentless approach of the modern world (Global Village), what is far more likely is that erosion of their cultures and traditions will continue until they eventually disappear as distinct tribes and are absorbed into Hindu society. But before this happens, we hope to artistically pay homage to these people through our photographic documentation and compilation as academic and research books are our soul mission.

The NGO aims at working towards the rights, development and empowerment of socio-economically marginalised children and their families, which is achieved with their active participation and involvement towards evolving a just, equal and humanitarian society.

The overall goal of the NGO is to fight poverty and marginalisation through development and right-based approach by means of education, empowerment, organisation and participating development.

Objectives Of NGO -

  • To create equal opportunity to the underprivileged children, especially from tribal community and provide them quality education and basic socio-economic services for their overall development.
  • To develop a local model of quality for demonstration of learning for the underprivileged children.
  • To generate community demand for quality education and health services in remote villages and in the slums as well.
  • To conduct community scientific research studies on children’s issues and documentation to develop the intervention mechanism for their development.
  • To develop high quality knowledge for ground level improvements in education and development.
  • To search and develop new talent and build capacity in education and allied areas.
  • To build a strong networking advocacy and communications activities.
  • To carry out youth development programs.
  • To disseminate information and develop culture of research, building knowledge through research and advocacy on children’s issues and development.
  • To carry out photo and video documentation on children’s issues, so as to hold exhibitions and publish relevant academic literature.

Current Activities -

  • Conducting surveys of needs of children in tribal, rural, nomadic and slum areas.
  • Providing them educational support, through scholarship, stationery, uniform and other needs.
  • Strengthening tribal Ashram schools, Anganwadi, Balwadis and hostels.
  • Conducting photo-documentation, research and publishing relevant academic and educational literature.
  • Holding exhibitions on the issues of marginalised children and their families.
  • Conducting coaching and training classes to enhance the academic capacity of these children.
  • Provide quality health, nutrition, and education to the children.
  • Developing leadership and creating employment opportunities for youngsters from tribal communities, rural areas and slums.