Sadri, Oraon


A language of Bangladesh

Alternate Names

166,000 (2000).


Khulna division: Jhenaidah, Kushtia, and Magura districts; Rajshahi division: widespread; Rangpur division: Hilli area; Sylhet division: possibly Habiganj and Moulvibazar districts.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Borail Sadri, Nurpur Sadri, Uchai Sadri, Mokkan Tila Sadri. Dialects may need separate literature. Inherent intelligibility of 7 Sadri varieties on Borail ranges from 70%–93%; of 8 varieties on Nurpur from 78%–94%. Lexical similarity: 88%–97% with 14 Sadri varieties with the Borail Sadri dialect.

Language Use

Vigorous but some educated people do not use Oraon with their children. Used by all. Most also use Rangpuri [rkt]. Also use Bengali [ben], but with low proficiency.

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 30%. Literature. NT: 2003. Agency: Bangladesh Oraon Foundation.


Bengali (Bangla) script [Beng]. Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

The Oraon people came from India over 100 years ago. Sometime in the past some Oraon shifted from Kurux [kru], a Dravidian language, to Sadri, which is Indo-Aryan. Some Oraon people still speak Kurux. Traditional religion, Hindu.

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