Languages and Dialects of Bundelkhand
Bundeli, also called Bundelkhandi, is the main language of Bundelkhand. However,
there is much local variation.
In Banda and Chitrakoot districts, though the main language is
called Bundeli, it is actually a `Bagheli variety of eastern Hindi influenced by
Bundeli’, noted the Banda district gazetteer[ p 70].
The gazetteer of Jhansi district noted that `from tehsil to tehsil’, there are
changes in the way Bundeli is spoken, in the form of the verb, the forms of
adverbs and of some nouns and pronouns [p 81].
Local dialects and
sub-dialects are known as Tirhani (Tirhari), Gahora, Jurar, Aghari, etc. In the
western portion of Hamirpur district, a peculiar speech form known as Lodhiyon
ki boli is used.
There are several such variations, which make conversation
between local people of different districts quite difficult.
Hindi is the lingua franca in urbanised areas, and among
educated people. All local and regional newspapers are in Hindi.
Urdu is spoken by around 5% of the population in Banda, Jalaun
and Hamirpur districts.
- Uttar Pradesh District Gazetteers: Banda. Lucknow, Govt of
- Uttar Pradesh District Gazetteers: Jhansi. Lucknow, Govt of
Courtesy : bundelkhandinfo.org