1,300 in Bangladesh (2005). Population total all countries: 44,300.
Rajshahi Division, Puthia, Mohonpur and Mundumala areas. Also in India.
May be in slow transition to colloquial Bengali [ben]. Education rate low. 60% say Bengali is their best language. Home, community. All ages. Negative attitudes. Considered inferior to Bengali [ben] which is favored for education and economic advancement. Most also use colloquial Bengali [ben]. Those who travel often speak some Santhali [sat].
Hindu, traditional religion.