Aggarwal is community of Hindu traders.

Aggarwal is community of Hindu traders that during the course of history has migrated to various parts of the world mostly in search of business opportunities. 

It is believed that it was during the post-Independence period that they began migrating into Kochi. They came in small numbers initially and currently there are about 45-50 families living in the area. 

Once the trading opportunities dwindled there has been a considerable drop in the number of Aggarwals moving in. In Kochi they are mostly into trading of spices, grains and rubber. 

They are a multi lingual community which speak languages including Rajasthani, Haryanvi, Marwadi while Hindi is their common language.  

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION BY BIJU IBRAHIM: COMMUNITIES OF KOCHI

Places have souls and Mattancherry in the city of Kochi has a mystic one. Biju Ibrahim discovered this while documenting the lives of Kochi’s 38 communities through black and white pictures. Distinct in layers of identities – caste, faith, language, ethnicity and region – these communities have been welcomed over centuries and have, in turn, infused Mattancherry and Kochi with a rare and rich heritage. Historically, it has been home to Muslims, Christians, Jews and Hindus. The sea and port attracted sailors, traders from Arabia and Gujarat, preachers of Semitic faiths, colonisers such as the Dutch and Portuguese, political refugees and migrant labourers. A cross-section of India lives here in a radius of 5 kilometers. 

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BIJU IBRAHIM

He captures the essence of rustic geographies, the people who are now becoming archive of the earth, the mythic & mystery of spaces & places, alleys of now filled with the density of then or before.

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