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A language of India

ISO 639-3pwr

Population  214,000 (1991 census). Ethnic population: 2,000,000 (1986 All India Powar council).
Region  Madhya Pradesh, Balaghat, Seoni, Chindwara, Betul districts; Maharashtra, Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia districts.
Dialects  Bhoyar Powari (Bhoyari, Bhomiyari, Bhoyaroo, Bhuiyar, Bhuria, Bohoyeri), Vyneganga Powari, Govari of Seoni, Khalari, Koshti, Kumbhari, Lodhi, Marari. Reported intelligibility between Bhoyar and Vyneganga. Balaghat District dialect considered central among Bhoyar and Vyneganga varieties. Lexical similarity: 60%–87% among dialects; Koshti, Kumbhari, and Khalari subgroup at 80% to 83%; 49%–65% with Bagheli [bfy], 46% to 64% with Bundeli [bns].
Classification  Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Central zone
Language use  Powari use is decreasing in the Bhoyar and Vyneganga dialect areas. Half the children learn Hindi or Marathi [mar] first. Home. Neutral attitude. Also use Hindi or Marathi [mar].
Language development  Literacy rate in L2: 72% for Powari-speaking districts (2001 census).
Comments  Younger generation is getting education. Agriculturalists. Hindu.
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