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From ancient time in India, vegetable oils were obtained by crushing oilseeds     in village, using an oil-press - or Ghana. A ganiga is a person who extracts oil using a Ghana.

In Sanskrit literature of about 500 BC there is a specific reference to an oil-press, or Ghanis, although it was never described (by Monier-Williams, M. 1899. A Sanskrit-English dictionary, Delhi, India, Motilal Banarsidass. Reprinted 1963). Ganiga People speak Kannada, Tulu, or Telugu as their mother tongue.

Ganiga people mainly live in different parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.  In South Karnataka Ganiga people mainly speak Tulu. Ganiga people are living the following districts of Karnataka, India - Bijapur, BagalkotBelgaum, Bangalore, Bhadravati, Chikamaglur, Chintamani,Gadag Gulbarga, Hassan, Haveri, KGF, Kolar, Mulbagal, Mandya, Mysore, Shimoga, Tumkur, Tiptur    Udupi, Uttara Kannada.

Besides Karnataka, Ganiga community settled in some parts of Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad and many other cities in India.

In oveseas countries members of Ganiga Community have settled in the USA (Christian & Hindu ganiga), Canada (Christian & Hindu ganiga), UAE (Muslim      & Hindu ganiga), Pakistaan (Muslim ganiga), Indonasia (Muslim ganiga),Africa (nigro ganiga), China (Chinee ganiga) and India (Muslim & Hindu ganiga) many more ganigas all over the world.

A majority of Ganiga community continue to remain backward economically   due to mechanisation of oil crushing which slowly took away their livelihood        in the 1950s. Deprived of this age old profession continued for generations, Ganiga community found their way in business such as setting up of shops, hotels, etc. Enterprising Ganiga entrepreneurs set up many Udupi Hotels in Bangalore and other promiment cities in Karnataka. Others took up odd jobs     to meet both the ends. Having been remained economically backward even   after 60 years of independence due represenations were made from time to  time to the successive Governments. .

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