Let's FACE it


Help PARI capture the sheer facial diversity of the people of India. Send us photos.

Tami in Kalahandi, Odisha, has a very Indian FACE. So does Rajendran of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu.  So too, Ohame of the Andamans and Michi Yaring of Arunachal Pradesh.  And not one of them resembles the other in the slightest.  Welcome to India and PARI’s Indian FACES endeavour – an ambitious attempt to create a facial map of the most diverse societies on earth, those across rural India.

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Our country had 640 districts at the time of the 2011 Census. Now that’s closer to 690. The number of districts keeps increasing as new states emerge and as old ones, particularly those that are bigger, reorganise themselves. Districts in India are further  divided into ‘blocks’  — administrative units of development (sometimes called by other names in different states).  There are many thousands of blocks across our 29 states and 7 union territories.

PARI aims to record Indian faces from every single block and district in the country. That’s right  — thousands and thousands of FACES, capturing the  astonishing diversity of how Indians look.  From every single  district (and each block of every district) we aim to put up portraits of at least one adult male, one adult female and one child or adolescent. This is a gigantic exercise that will take years to complete and demands the widest participation. Anyone can take part in it provided the photograph is good enough. It is also very important that the photo you send in is accompanied by the details of the person in the picture.

These are the details we need:

Name: (please give the full name of the person in the photo; for example, if the name is Roshan Nalaband, use this name in full, instead of just 'Roshan')
Occupation: (examples: farmer / labourer / teacher / tailor)
Block: (or any of these: tehsil/ taluka/ mandal/ revenue division)
Date: (the date the photo was taken; for example, June 26, 2016)
Camera:  (i.e. the model of the camera used to take the shot).

Please upload the photos here.

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