Angika (अंगिका) is a language spoken in Eastern Part of Bihar and includes the contemporary districts of Bhagalpur, Munger, Khagaria, Begusarai, Purnia, Katihar, Araria and Madhipura. Angika is an Indo-Aryan of the Anga region of India, a5,. Besides India, Angika is also spoken in Terai region of Nepal.
Historically Angika was classified by George A. Grierson as "Chhika-Chhiki ".It has affinity to the Eastern Indo-Aryan languages, such as Bengali, Oriya, and Assamese. It had been traditionally classified as a "Bihari language," which includes Angika, Bhojpuri, Magahi, Maithili, and Vajjika, though it has ancient history of being an independent language. The name Angika first appeared in the 1961 census. Angika is the language of the Ang people, one of the most most ancient Aryan tribe mentioned in Rig Veda and the famous Angira and Angiras who invented fire for the first time in Vedic history, were members of that tribe. The evidence of having close relation with old indic language is found in many instances e.g. the Gujarati - 'Kem chho' is almost similar to Angika - 'Kahino chho'.
The first Angika language film released on 27 April 2007 in Laxmi Talkies, Khagaria, Bihar. The name of this film is "Khagaria Vali Bhouji". The first ever completed feature film of Angika Language, however, is "Khissa Chando Bihula Bishari Ke", which is still to be released. A new Angika film, "Ang Putra" has been released in April 2010. Angika folk singer Sunil Chailaa Bihari plays lead role in the film.
Suman Soorow, Ashwini (Click Here), Naresh Pandey- 'Chakore', Permanand Pandey, Vidyabhushan Venu, Amrendra, Khushilal Manjar, Vimal Vidrohi, Ram Sharma Anal, Gore Lal Manishi (or Gorelal Manishi), Abhaykant Choudhary, Shri Umesh Jee, Shri Bahadur Mishra, Kundan Amitabh, Chandraprakash Jagpriya are among prominent scholars of Angika language who have contributed lots in Angika Literature. Hundreds of standard literary books are available in Angika language. Angika is taught at Post Graduation level at Angika Vibhag at Tilkamanjhi Bhagalpur University at Bhagalpur.