Bakad in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bakad only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Bakad or Nador people live mainly in the Uttar Kannad district of Karnataka. The name Nador is an altered form of the term Nadavar, which means countrymen or natives of the land. Torke Nador and Uppu Nador are the two endogamous groups among the Nador, who have adopted Naik and Nayak as their titles respectively. The Nador have matrilineal clans such as, Ajjana, Ane, Chendi, Ganga, Hole, Hone, Nag, Shitti and Shiva, etc.

The Nador speak the Kannada language and use the Kannada script. Their staple food consists of rice, ragi and pulses. Monogamy is practiced among the Nador. They have vertically extended families. The Nador have a hereditary headman called Yajamana in their traditional caste council.

Agriculture and horticulture are the traditional occupations of the Nador. The Nador women participate in agricultural activities and animal husbandry. The Nador have a flair for wall and floor painting. They also perform folk-plays known as Yakshagana as a hobby.

Alternate names: Torke Nador, Uppu Nador

Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Nador people and that God may send several Christian workers among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* For developmental work among them and for vocational training for the under-privileged.

Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Bakad
People Name in Country Bakad
Population in India 12,000
World Population 12,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Alwa, Ballal, Bant, Bhand, Bhandari, Bhillava, Bunt, Chauta, Hegde, Nadavaru, Nador, Navadaru, Semitha, Shetty, Torke Nador, Tulu Billava, Uppu Nador
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Name General Bakad
Ethnic Code CNN23a
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kannada (4,900) Hindi (2,300) Konkani, Goan (2,200) Gujarati (900)
Marathi (900) Tulu (600) Mewari (100) Malayalam (70)
Konkani (30) Telugu
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kannada 4,900 Hindi 2,300
Konkani, Goan 2,200 Gujarati 900
Marathi 900 Tulu 600
Mewari 100 Malayalam 70
Konkani 30 Telugu 10
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1988)
New Testament Yes   (1823-1995)
Complete Bible Yes   (1831-2000)
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Kannada Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Scripture International Bible Society
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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