Kalu in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 4

Subgroup Name Population
Garai 15,000
Masnute 15,000
Pisnute 15,000
Shikari 15,000

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.


Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Kalu in India.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Kalu
People Name in Country Kalu
Population this Country 304,000
Population all Countries 429,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names Garai; Garai Sidai; Kulu; Sidai; Teli; कालू
People ID 17060
ROP3 Code 112398
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 16
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
262,000
Bihar
27,000
Jharkhand
8,900
Odisha
2,500
Tripura
700
Meghalaya
700
Delhi
400
Maharashtra
300
Chhattisgarh
200
Uttar Pradesh
100
Manipur
100
Andaman and Nicobar
90
Nagaland
70
Madhya Pradesh
50
Mizoram
40
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 16
  West Bengal 262,000
  Bihar 27,000
  Jharkhand 8,900
  Odisha 2,500
  Tripura 700
  Meghalaya 700
  Delhi 400
  Maharashtra 300
  Chhattisgarh 200
  Uttar Pradesh 100
  Manipur 100
  Andaman and Nicobar 90
  Nagaland 70
  Madhya Pradesh 50
  Mizoram 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (230,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Urdu
17,000
Bhojpuri
7,000
Maithili
1,000
Hindi
900
Odia
400
Primary Language Bengali (230,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 17,000
  Bhojpuri 7,000
  Maithili 1,000
  Hindi 900
  Odia 400
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
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Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Rivka video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Anonymous  
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