Bhojpuri language resources
Bhojpuri is spoken on a daily basis in: Nepal, Mauritius
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Bhojpuri is a popular regional language spoken in northeastern India in the western part of state of Bihar, the northwestern part of Jharkhand, and the Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh, as well as an adjoining area of southern plains of Nepal. Bhojpuri is also spoken in Guyana, Suriname, Fiji, Trinidad and Tobago and Mauritius and is often said to be the only Indian language to be spoken on all continents.
People's attitudes towards the Bhojpuri language have evolved over time, and most linguists agree it is not a dialect of Hindi, which is a widespread belief among speakers. Others, including the government of India while taking census, disagree, and consider Bhojpuri to be a dialect of Hindi. But now the government of India is preparing to grant it statutory status of as a national scheduled language.
Bhojpuri shares vocabulary with Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu and other Indo-Aryan languages of northern India. Bhojpuri and several closely related languages, including Maithili and Magahi, are together known as the Bihari languages. They are part of the Eastern Zone group of Indo-Aryan languages which includes Bengali and Oriya.
There are numerous dialects of Bhojpuri, including three or four in eastern Uttar Pradesh alone.
Some notable Bhojpuri personalities are the first president of India, Rajendra Prasad, Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan, Manoj Bajpai, and former Indian prime minister Chandra Shekhar.
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All data is derived from UNESCO.