Other Spellings / Synonyms :
Rajasthani and its dialects like Bagri, Shekhawati, Mewati, Dhundhari, Harauti, Marwari, Mewari, and Wagri.
Regional Spread :
Rajasthan and Gujarat in India, Pakistan
Traditional Occupation :
Indigenous communities of Rajasthan have traditionally been working as tradesmen, artisans, iron smith (lohar). Today of course, Rajasthani people have made their mark in all walks of life. Known for their valor Rajasthani people have particularly made their mark in Indian Army.
80 million people (Population of Rajasthan is 56.5 million - 2001 census)
Food Habits :
Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is relished in Rajasthan. Milk, butter milk and other milk products are liberally used in Rajasthani cuisine. Use of beans from locally grown plants like sangri, ker etc besides dried lentils is also popular. Gram flour is also a major ingredient of the Rajasthani dishes. Most Rajasthani curries appear red in colour and appear to be very hot but that is not so in taste.
Marriage Preference :
Rajasthani fix marriage alliances within their caste and community.
About Rajasthani :
- Business : Ghanshyam Das Birla, Lakshmi Mittal, Jamnalal Bajaj
- Defence : Admiral Madhvendra Singh, Admiral V.S.Shekhawat
- Politics : Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Vasundhara Raje Scindia, Ashok Gehlot, Jaswant Singh, Kalyan Singh Kalvi, Natwar Singh, Girija Vyas, Rajesh Pilot, Ram Niwas Mirdha, Nawal Kishore Sharma, Rajmata Maharani Gayatri Devi
- Music : Hasrat Jaipuri, Allah Jilai Bai, Mehdi Hassan, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Hussain brothers
- Martyrs of Rajasthan :Rani Padmini, Panna Dhai, Dhola-Maaru, Vikram Solanki, Thakur Deshraj
- Others : Tarachand Barjatya (Rajshri productions), Om Shivpuri, Masterji Ram Chander (Creator of Jaipur Foot), Rajendra Singh (Winner of Magsaysay Award)
The Rajasthanis are lively people who tends to enjoy every moment of life. They are simple in nature and are still untouched by the fast pace of modern times. The society in Rajasthan is divided into castes, sub-castes and group under eight broad heads. The Rajputs though represent only a small proportion of the Rajasthani populace are the most influential section of the people in Rajasthan. They are proud of their martial reputation and of their ancestry.