Kanjar Community

Kanjar is a traditionally nomadic ethnic group found in North India and Pakistan. The community is also known by the names of Marwari Kumar and Banchra. The Kanjars speak the Kanjari language and almost all also speak Punjabi and Urdu. The traditional occupation of the Kanjar was hunting, but over time, many took to agriculture. They still depend on the forest, extracting roots of the khas grass and collecting reeds from river banks.

The community is involved in tanning, from which drums are made and sold. Many urban Kanjar are now wage labourers and are involved in rickshaw pulling.

NEG-FIRE Intervention Presence: Madhubani district of Bihar