A language of India
ISO 639-3: pwr
||214,000 (1991 census). Ethnic population: 2,000,000 (1986 All India Powar council).
||Madhya Pradesh, Balaghat, Seoni, Chindwara, Betul districts; Maharashtra, Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia districts.
||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].
||Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Central zone
||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].
||Literacy rate in L2: 72% for Powari-speaking districts (2001 census).
||Younger generation is getting education. Agriculturalists. Hindu.