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Native toIndia
RegionBilaspur district, Himachal Pradesh
Native speakers
(295,000 cited 1991)[1]
Census results conflate some speakers with Hindi and Punjabi languages
Official status
Official language in
No official status
Language codes
ISO 639-3kfs
The Bilaspuri dialect, in light blue, to the right.

Bilaspuri, or Kahluri is a language spoken in northern India, predominantly in the Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh and in the Rupnagar district of the Punjab state.[1] It is associated with the people of the former princely state of Bilaspur in the Punjab Hills.

Bilaspuri is classified as one of the varieties of the Western Pahari language group.

The dialect of the hilly part of Hoshiarpur district is also known as Pahāṛī.[3]


  1. ^ a b Bilaspuri at Ethnologue (20th ed., 2017)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Bilaspuri". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Masica, Colin P. (1991). The Indo-Aryan languages. Cambridge language surveys. Cambridge University Press. p. 439. ISBN 978-0-521-23420-7.

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