A brief history of the Afro-Indians
The Siddis or the Habshis, as they are known in the Indian subcontinent are the descendants of the Bantu people of East Africa who were brought to India as slaves by the Arabs and later by the Portuguese from whom they fled and settled in the jungles. Today, they reside in rural Karnataka, Gujarat and Hyderabad.
Inside the lives of the present-day Siddis
The present day Siddis speak fluent Hindi, Konkani and Gujarati and have wonderfully embraced and adapted the Indian culture. While majority of Siddis in India are Sufi Muslims and Hindus, Siddis in Karnataka are primarily catholics having exotic Christianised first names. Despite being as Indian as any Indian could be, Siddis have not completely forgotten their roots and this could be visible from their folk dance and music.