Published September 19, 2017
This video was recorded by Satdeep Gill in Patiala, Punjab, India, where Raj lives and studies. Bagri is spoken by at least two million people, primarily in the north Indian states of Rajasthan, Punjab, and Haryana. An Indo-European language of the Indo-Aryan linguistic family, it is considered by linguists to be a member of the Rajasthani subgroup, bearing close resemblance to several other languages, including Marwari, Malvi, and Mewati. As such, these mother tongues are sometimes described as dialects of a single ‘Rajasthani language’. Politically, Bagri is only recognized in the latter form, as ‘Rajasthani’ is one of Rajasthan’s official languages. As Bagri, the language goes unrecognized, though still actively spoken nonetheless.