|Total speakers||.5-1 Million (2001)|
|Writing system||Devanagari script|
|Official language in||India (Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh)|
|Regulated by||No official regulation|
|Note: This page may contain IPA phonetic symbols in Unicode.|
Bagheli (Devanagari: बघेली or बाघेली) is a language of the Baghelkhand region of central India. It is often considered to be a dialect of Hindi language, and is classified such by the Indian Census Report (1991).
The language spoken in Baghelkhand has been known as Bagheli since the 13th century. Bagheli is a regional language used for intra-group and inter-group communication. It is also known as Baghelkhandi, Rimahi and Riwai (Rewa district).
Dr. George Grierson in his Linguistic survey of India classified Bagheli under Indo-Aryan, Eastern Hindi. The extensive research by Dr. Bhagawati Prasad Shukla also agrees with Dr. Grierson’s classification. Ethnologue classifies Bagheli as Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, and East Central zone (Grimes 1992:552). According to Dr. Bhagawati Prasad Shukla, Bagheli language has three major divisions:
Indian Census report 1991 classifies Bagheli/Baghelkhandi as a dialect of Hindi under Scheduled language list. The dialects of Bagheli language are Remai, Riwai, Godwani (spoken by Gonds) and Kumhari (spoken by Kumhars).
Rewa, Satna, Sidhi, Shahdol, Umaria and Anuppur are primary districts of Bagheli speaking area. Bagheli speaking area extends up to Allahabad and Mirzapur districts of Uttar Pradesh, Jabalpur districts of Madhya Pradesh and Bilaspur and Koriya districts of Chhattisgarh.
Haridas, Baij Nath Pandey Baiju, Saifuddin Siddiqui Saifu, Ramdas Payasi, Shamboo Kaku, Kalika Prasad Tripathi, Vinod Tiwari, Devendra Pandey Bedhadak,Sudama Prasad Mishra, Amol Batarohi,Babulal Dahiya, Anoop Ashesh, Sudhakant Mishra Belala, Dharmendra Mishra Dharam, Shivakant Tripathi Saras, Dr. Kailash Tiwari, Sanat Singh Baghel, Devi Sharan Gramin, Vishwanath Singh Kashi, Dayaram Gupta Pathik, Ramchandra Soni Viragi, Anjani Singh Saurabh, Shrinivas Shukla Saras, Dr. Shivshankar Mishra Saras, Maithili Sharan Shukla Dhirendra Tripathi, Chitresh Chitranshi, Ramraksha Dwivedi Shishu, Prof. Aditya Pratap Singh, Pramod Vatsa, Gomati Prasad Vikal, Rajiv Lochan Sharma Rajiv, Prahlad das 'Prhlad', Ram Naresh Tiwari Nishthur etc.
Dr. Bhagwati Prasad Shukla is the first person who introduced Bagheli to the rest of the world through Akashwani Bhopal. His book BAGHELI SAHITYA KA ITIHAS is the original book from which one can get all the basic knowledge about Bagheli language and Bagheli culture. Rajiv Lochan Sharma is the first person to broadcast Bagheli poetry at AIR Bhopal. Mr. Sharma is the recepiant of 'Akshar Aditya'award for the development of Bagheli.
Saifuddin Siddiqui,Rashmi Shukla, Dr. Chandrika Chandra, Dr. Ramsiya Sharma, Dr. Bhagwat Prasad Sharma, Salahuddin Siddiqui, Ram Naresh Singh, Dr. Arya Prasad Tripathi, Dr. Sudhakar Tiwari, Arati Singh, Bhagwat Prasad Pathak, Anugrah Chirkari, Suryamani Shukla, Bhanu Pratap Singh etc.
Famous ANAND RAGHUNANDAN Hindi play, which is the first Hindi play (According to Dr. Ramchandra Shukla and Bharatendu Harishchandra) was written in Rewa by Maharaja Vishwanath Singh. It's language is not Bagheli but it is Braj.
Yogesh Tripathi is the first person to write full length original Bagheli stage play CHHAHUR totally based on bagheli folk and culture. He also staged and directed this play in Madhya Pradesh Natya Samaroh at Damoh in the year 2005. He is recepiant of Mohan Rakesh Award, for his well known book MUJHE AMRITA CHAHIYE.
इसके अलावा पठन == == पाठक * रुBagheli के Phonetics: एक ध्वन्यात्मक और Phonological हिन्दी के एक भाषा अध्ययन का.नई दिल्ली: राष्ट्रीय पब. घर, 1980.
कोशी बिनय *; Tutum Padung और जीबी अमर. 2004. मध्य प्रदेश में BAGHELI बोलने वालों की एक SOCIOLINGUISTIC अध्ययन. NLCI द्वारा अप्रकाशित शोध
[madhya bharteeya vindhya kshetra bhasha -- Baghelkhandi]