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A language of India

ISO 639-3bfy

Population  7,760,000 in India (2004).
Region  Northeast Madhya Pradesh, Rewa, Satna, Sidhi, Shahdol, Umaria, Anuppur, Jabalpur, Mandla, Chhindwara, Dindori, Panna districts; Uttar Pradesh, Allahabad, Mirzapur, Banda, Hamirpur districts; Chhattisgarh, Bilaspur and Koriya districts. Also in Nepal.
Alternate names   Bagelkhandi, Bhugelkhud, Gangai, Godwani Kawathi, Kenat, Kevat Boli, Kevati, Kewani, Kewat, Kewati, Kewot, Kumhari, Mandal, Mannadi, Riwai
Dialects  Ojhi (Ojaboli, Ojha, Ojhe, Oza, Ozha), Powari, Banapari, Gahore, Tirhari, Godwani (Mandlaha), Sonpari. Godwani (refers to Bagheli-speaking Gonds), Kumhari (refers to Bagheli-speaking Kumhar). Though geographic and caste variation is found in Bagheli, no dialect is prevalent. Rewa area variety is considered standard. Lexical similarity: 79%–99% between all Bagheli varieties; 72%–91% with Hindi.
Classification  Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, East Central zone
Language use  Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitude. Also use Hindi.
Language development  Literacy rate in L2: 49% in Hindi. Had literature since 16th century. Radio programs. NT: 1821.
Writing system  Devanagari script.
Comments  Agriculturists. Hindu.

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Language name   Bagheli
Population  Ethnic population: 136,953 Kewat (2001 census).
Region  Koshi Zone, Morang District.
Language map  Eastern Nepal, reference number 3
Alternate names  Bagelkhandi, Bhugelkhud, Gangai, Kawathi, Kenat, Kevat Boli, Kevati, Kewani, Kewat, Kewati, Kewot, Mandal, Mannadi, Riwai
Comments  Bagheli (Gangai) recognized as an official nationality.
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