(Last Updated on : 05/08/2013)
Communities of East India include the local communities of the states in the Eastern regions of the country. They are among the inhabitants of West Bengal
. There are numerous regional communities present in these portions of India, who have been existent since ancient ages, as early as the Indus Valley Civilisation
Armenians are present in many parts of Eastern India, particularly in the state of West Bengal. Kolkata
and Saidabad in Murshidabad
are the different regions where the community of Armenians is concentrated here. Armenians are Christian by religion and Aryans by race.
The castes of Ahir
s, Gavli, Konars and Goala belong to the Yadava community of India. Yadava community in Eastern India involve the Mandals of Bihar, Ghoshals of Bengal and Pradhans
of Orissa. They also include some descendants of the Krishna
A vast quantity of Sindhis settled in numerable portions of India, including the city of Kolkata in West Bengal, following India partition in the year 1947. Sindhis constituted two main groups called Amils and Bhaibands. Initially, Sindhis were farmers but presently they are shopkeepers.
Anglo Indians possess a mixed ancestry comprising British and Indians who native mother tongue is English. People of British origin who are residents of Indian subcontinent are also referred to as Anglo Indians. Currently, Anglo Indians are a large community residing in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa.
The community of Jews is as ancient as 1800 BC and believed to be descendants of Abraham, as per the teachings of the Bible
. The three major Jewish communities in India are Baghdadi Jews, Kerala
Jews and Bene-Israel.
Kumbhakars are known as potters, and 'Kumars' in West Bengal. These people are engaged in creating different kinds of pots and earthenware vessels with the aide of clay. Utilitarian products and items of household use are manufactured by kumbhakars.
Baidyas are physicians who have made a significant contribution in the field of medicine and are existent in numerous portions of West Bengal. The gods of medicine namely Asvin and Dhanvantary are believed to be parts of some legends associated to this community.
These innumerable communities of Eastern India possess their individual traditions, customs and rituals, along with their occupations. Christians, Chamar
caste and Dharkar
s are amongst the several local communities in East India.