The Balmudra Research and Development Centre, emerged in 2012 as a voluntary, social, non-governmental organization with a twin approach, i.e. development and research towards understanding issues of children and youth of the marginalised communities of the Indian society.
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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.