Often referred to as the "gypsies of India," the Banjara people of Karnataka abandoned a nomadic lifestyle and founded settlements about sixty years ago. Sitaramtanda is one of these.
The people of Sitramtanda own about 10,000 acres of farmland which they farm traditionally, using locally-made tools of wood and metal. They grow sunflowers, teak, mangos, cotton, palm, peanuts, and rice, among other things. Landowner Naryan Naik showed us around.