|Region||Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Assam|
|5.1 million (2011 census)|
(Census results conflate some speakers with Hindi) L2 speakers: 7.0 million (2007)
|Devanagari, Kaithi, Odia, Bengali-Assamese, Latin|
Official language in
Sadri-speaking region in India
Sadri, also known as Nagpuri, is an Eastern Indo-Aryan language spoken in the Indian states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh Odisha and Assam. It is native language of the Sadan. In addition to native speakers, it is also used as lingua franca by many tribal groups such as Kharia, Munda and Kurukh, and a number of speakers of these tribal groups have adopted it as their first language. It is also used as a lingua franca among Tea-garden community of Assam, West Bengal and Bangladesh. According to the 2011 Census, there were approximately 5,130,000 native speakers of the Nagpuri language, including 19,100 identifying as Gawari, 4,350,000 as "Sadan/Sadri" and 763,000 as "Nagpuria".
The origin of Sadani/Sadri and other related terms is somewhat obscure. Probably the term "Sadan" derive from nisaada, referring to an ethnic group of North India.  The name Nagpur is probably taken from Nagvanshi, who ruled in this part of the country.
Nagpuri belongs to Bihari group of Indo-Aryan languages. There are different opinion among linguist about origin of Nagpuri language. Sir George Abraham Grierson had classified Nagpuri as dialect of Bhojpuri language in his Survey "Linguistic Survey of India". According to professor Keshri Kumar Singh, Nagpuri is descendant of Magadhi Prakrit in his book "Nagpuri bhasa ebam Sahitya". According to Dr. Sravan Kumar Goswami, Nagpuri had evolved from Ardhamagadhi Prakrit.
Nagpuri language is mainly spoken in western Chota Nagpur Plateau region of west-central Jharkhand in districts such as Chatra, Palamu, Latehar, Hazaribagh, Lohardaga, Gumla, Ranchi, Simdega, Khunti, West Singhbhum, North-east Chhattisgarh in district of Jashpur, Surguja, Balrampur, south-west Bihar in Aurangabad, Gaya district and Northern Odisha in Sundergarh district. It is also spoken by some Tea garden community in Tea garden area of Bangladesh, West Bengal and Assam who were taken as labourer to work in Tea garden during British Rule.
Historically Nagpuri was lingua-franca in the region. It was court language during reign of Nagvanshi dynasty. Nagpuri is accorded as second official language in Indian state of Jharkhand. There is demand to include Nagpuri in Eighth schedule. Some academics oppose inclusion of hindi dialects in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution as full-fledged Indian languages. According to them recogniton of hindi dialects as separate languages would deprive Hindi of millions of its speakers and eventually no hindi will be left.
Literature in Nagpuri language started around 17th century. Nagvanshi king Raghunath Shah and King of Ramgarh, Dalel Singh were poet. Some Nagpuri peot were Hanuman Singh, Jaigovind Mishra, Barju Ram, Ghasiram Mahli, Das Mahli, Mahant Ghasi and Kanchan. "Nagvanshavali" written by Beniram Mehta is a historical work in Nagpuri language. Great poet Ghasiram Mahli had written several works including "Nagvanashavali", "Durgasaptasati", "Barahamasa", "Vivha Parichhan" etc. There were also great writer like Pradumn Das and Rudra Singh. Some Nagpuri language writers and poet in modern period are Praful Kumar Rai, Sahani Upendra Pal Nahan, Shiv Avtar Choudhary, Lal Ranvijay Nath Shahdeo, Bindheswari Prasad Keshri, Ram Dayal Munda and Girdhari Ram Ganjhu.
Nagpuri, taught at Ranchi University and other universities of Jharkhand. Monthly Nagpuri magazines Gotiya and Johar Sahiya have been published in Ranchi. Several magazines have been also published in Assam, West Bengal’s Tarai and Dooars district.
|My name is Mahesh.||Mor naaw Mahesh heke||मोर नाव महेश हेके।|
|How are you ?||Toen kaisan aahis?||तोयं कसैन आहीस्?|
|I am fine.||Moen thik aahon||मोएं ठीक आहों।|
|Come here.||Hian aao||हीयां आओ|
|I am going to home.||Moen ghor jat hon||मोएं घर जात हों।|
|I have eaten.||Moen kha hon||मोएं खा हों।|
|I will go.||Moen Jamu||मोएं जामु।|
|We go.||Hame jaeil||हामे जाइल।|
|You go.||Toen jais||तोयं जाइस्।|
|You are writing.||Toen likhothis||तोयं लिखतहिस्।|
|You will come.||Toen aabe||तोयं आबे।|
|We are writing.||Hame likhothi||हामे लीखतही।|
|We have written.||Hame likh hi||हामे लीख ही।|
|He/She come.||Oo aawela||उ आवेला।|
|He/She is going.||Oo jat he||उ जात हे।|
|He/She was coming.||Oo aawot rahe||उ आवत रहे।|
|He/She will play.||Oo kheli||उ खेली।|
|They have eaten bread.||Oomon roti kha hoen||उमन रोटी खा हयं।|
|They went.||Oomon geloen||उमन गेलयं।|
|They will go home.||Oomon ghor jaboen||उमन घर जाबयं।|
|Father||Abba, Baba||आबा, बाबा|
|Mother||Maa, Aayo||मा, आयो|
|friend||Sang(male), Sangi(female)||संग(पुरूष), संगी(स्त्री)|
|brother of sister-in-law and brother-in-law||Sangat(for female), Yaar(for male)||संगात, यार|
|sister of sister-in-law and brother-in-law||Sangatin||संगातीन|
Alternate names of dialects include: Sadani, Sadana, Sadati, Sadari, Sadhan, Sadna, Sadrik, Santri, Siddri, Sradri, Sadhari, Sadan, Nagpuria, Nagpuri, Chota Nagpuri, Dikku Kaji, Gawari, Ganwari, Goari, Gauuari, Jharkhandhi.
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