Chitrakar (Hindu traditions) in India

Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Chitrakar (Hindu traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 73,000
World Population: 73,000
Primary Language: Marathi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.06 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Their name refers to them drawing objects and making toys, something many of them still do. The Chitari live in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. In Andhra Pradesh the Chitari speak, read and write in Telugu. In Maharashtra the Chitari speak Konkani and read and write in Devanagari.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Chitari carve and paint wood items and then sell them. They make use of family welfare opportunities. On the death of the father, sons and unmarried daughters inherit the property. Divorced and bereaved men are allowed to marry again.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Hinduism is their religion.

What Are Their Needs?

The Chitrakar people need to accept Christ's offer for "life to the full" resulting in social and spiritual transformation.

Prayer Points

Pray that Indian Christian believers will help the Chitari people to begin their own movement to Christ. Pray that gospel materials will become easily available to them. Pray for intercessors and workers. Pray for spiritual openness to the claims of Christ.

Text Source:   Keith Carey