Awadhi people

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Awadhi people
India Nepal
Total population
55 million
Regions with significant populations
Awadh
Languages
Awadhi dialect of Hindustani (Hindi-Urdu)
Religion
Majority:
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Minority:
Related ethnic groups
Indo-Aryan peoples

The Awadhi people or Awadhis (Awadhi/Hindi: अवधी) are an Indo-Aryan ethnic group who speak Awadhi and reside in the Awadh region of Uttar Pradesh. Many Awadhis also migrated to Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra in India and some adjoining regions of the Terai in Nepal,[1] and in addition 1.9 per cent of Nepalis are Awadhi speakers.[2] Awadhi people can be found throughout the world, most notably in the islands of the Caribbean, Fiji, Guyana, Mauritius, South Africa, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. Bollywood actor and superstar Amitabh Bachchan is Awadhi from his father's (Harivansh Rai Bachchan) side. Historically, Indo-Aryans dominated the North Indian Gangetic Planes; thus, the Awadhi language continuously evolved over the centuries in the Awadh region of Uttar Pradesh.

Notable Awadhis[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Awadhis in India".
  2. ^ "CIA - The World Factbook -- Nepal".