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A language of India

Population

426,000 (2001 census). Ethnic population: 2,000,000 (1986 All India Powar Council).

Location

Madhya Pradesh, Balaghat, Seoni, Chindwara, and Betul districts; Maharashtra, Wardha, Bhandara, and Gondia districts.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Bhoyar Powari (Bhomiyari, Bhoyari, Bhoyaroo, Bhuiyar, Bhuria, Bohoyeri), Govari of Seoni, Khalari, Koshti, Kumbhari, Lodhi, Marari, Vyneganga Powari. Reported intelligibility between Bhoyar and Vyneganga. Balaghat District dialect considered central among Bhoyar and Vyneganga varieties. Lexical similarity: 60%–87% among dialects; 80%–83% with Koshti, Kumbhari, and Khalari sub-groups; 49%–65% with Bagheli [bfy], 46%–64% with Bundeli [bns].

Language Use

Powari use is decreasing in the Bhoyar and Vyneganga dialect areas. Half the children learn Hindi or Marathi [mar] first. Home. Neutral attitudes. Also use Hindi [hin], Marathi [mar].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 72% for Powari-speaking districts (2001 census).
Other Comments

Younger generation is getting education. Hindu.