Kalu in Bangladesh






Largest Religion

Main Language


The Burning Heart

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Introduction / History

The Kalu people derive their name from the Hindi word khalu. Stories tell of the legendary Lord Shiva and how the first Kalu man came from the sweat off of Lord Shiva's arm while bathing in oil. The Kalu have a long tradition of being sellers of oil and of being oil-pressers, a similar occupation to that of the Teli people.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kalu live in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. They can be found as landowners as well as farmers or plantation labourers. Their married women wear shell and iron bangles traditionally. They eat fish and other meats as well as wheat and ria and biri kalai. They speak Bengali in all three countries and can be found in both extended or nuclear families these days.

What Are Their Needs?

Though the Kalu are found in well over 140 different districts in Nepal and India there is no record of even one believer among the group. Pray that agricultural initiatives could be a good platform for workers to bless the Kalu and share the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Kalu
People Name in Country Kalu
Population in Bangladesh 77,000
World Population 297,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Garai, Garai Sidai, Kulu, Sidai, Teli
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Kalu
Ethnic Code CNN25b
People ID 17060
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 43  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhaka (47,000) Khulna (18,000) Rajshahi (9,100) Rangpur (2,100)
Chittagong (800)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhaka (47,000) Khulna (18,000)
Rajshahi (9,100) Rangpur (2,100)
Chittagong (800)
Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bengali (67,000) Chittagonian (700) Sylheti (600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 67,000 Chittagonian 700
Sylheti 600
For Primary Language: Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bengali Bible stories Audio Recordings
Bengali Language Film Film / Video
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Mussulmani-Bangla, Kitabul Mukkados Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Standard Bangla Common Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: কিতাবুল মোকাদ্দস Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
General Ministry Resources Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Bengali Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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