A language of India

Alternate Names
Bagelkhandi, Bhugelkhud, Gangai, Godwani Kawathi, Kenat, Kevat Boli, Kevati, Kewani, Kewat, Kewati, Kewot, Kumhari, Mandal, Mannadi, Riwai

2,860,000 in India (2001 census).


Northeast Madhya Pradesh state: Rewa, Satna, Sidhi, Shahdol, Umaria, Anuppur, Jabalpur, Mandla, Chhindwara, Dindori, and Panna districts; Uttar Pradesh state: Allahabad, Mirzapur, Banda, and Hamirpur districts; Chhattisgarh state: Bilaspur and Koriya districts.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Godwani, Kumhari, Rewa. Godwani (refers to Bagheli-speaking Gonds), Kumhari (refers to Bagheli-speaking Kumhar). Though geographic and caste variation is found in Bagheli, no dialect is prevalent. Rewa area variety is considered standard. Lexical similarity: 79%–99% between all Bagheli varieties; 72%–91% with Hindi [hin].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. 35% of the Bagheli-speaking population is projected to have good general proficiency or more in Hindi [hin]. Hindi use is widespread but does not appear to be completely displacing Bagheli in any of the domains.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 49% in Hindi. Had literature since 16th century. Radio programs. NT: 1821.

Devanagari script [Deva].

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