Children of Goa’s soil.
The men and women who break sweat in the fields of Goa belong largely to the Gauda tribe, among the original settlers of the land. Farming has been their calling for thousands of years, and generations of Goans owe their nourishments to the labours of this hardy stock. Now with the relentless march of concretization, the walls are closing in on them as the acreage of arable land shrinks rapidly.
These portraits are from the fields of Taleigao, a village once renowned for its fresh produce.
I met Sitabai first in 2008, and then 10 years later in December 2018, it was a delight to find her again on the same patch of land.
An earlier post on this subject is here.