The state language of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is Gujarati. Located between Gujarat and Maharashtra Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a Union Territory which has a little of both the states. Since this region is located in the foothills of Western Ghats there are several tribes that make up the inhabitants of this place which also means that there are several dialects in this place that have come from the Dadra and Nagar Haveli languages.
Gujrati is also an Indo-Aryan language which belongs to the Indo-European language. Besides being the official Dadra and Nagar Haveli language Gujrati is also the official language for Union Territory Daman and Diu and the state of Gujarat.
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Main language of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is Gujarati as most of the people living in Dadra and Nagar Haveli speak Gujarati. Gujarati is used as a mode of communication in the administrative offices. Schools and institutes use English as their medium of instruction. There are several renowned schools and colleges here.
The official language of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is Gujarati, but there are many other languages that can be heard in this Union Territory. Some of the other language that are widely spoken by the people here are Marathi, Hindi, Bildoli or Bhili and Konkani. People are also well-versed with English too. Bildoli is a language that is known by multiple names like Bhilbari, Vil, Bhilia, Bhangoria, Bhilboli, Lengotia and Bhil. There are languages of Nagar Haveli and Dadra as well which are connected with Rajasthani and Gujrati languages that are written using different forms of Devnagri script.
Gujarati is the main language of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and there are several dialects that are known to exist for this language. Besides the standard Gujarati that is spoken here, Bhilodi or Bhili is widely used in this Union Territory. Varli is another tribal dialect spoken by the tribes of Nagar Haveli. The Dhodia tribes speak Dhodia language that doesn’t have a written script. The Koli tribes speak Agri but at times there is a mixture of Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi and English in it as well. Other dialects spoken around this region are English, Marathi and Hindi.
|Dadar and Nagar Haveli|
|Official Language||Hindi, Gujarati|
|Second State Language||Marathi|
|Regional/Local Language||Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati|
Dadra and Nagar Haveli language Gujrati has evolved from Sanskrit and is an Indo-Aryan language. After the Persians took over Gujarat somewhere between 12 and 17th century the earlier Sanskrit written texts were translated to Gujarati. The Parsi’s used Gujarati for communication. They even translated their religious books such as Pahlavi and Avestan into Gujarati. After the 17th century when the British took over India, the people started using different English words in their language. In the 19th century Devangiri script was used to write Gujrati but now
it has its own script.
Gujrati is written in abugida script just like the Nagari system of writing. It is one of the variations of Devnagari script which can be distinguished by the loss of distinctive horizontal line that runs over the letters with some changes in the other characters. Gujarati, Kutchi and other languages that are closely connected can also be written in scripts of Persian or Arabic.
The local language of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Gujarati has a horde of wonderful literary works. Most of the Gujarati works that can be said to be the earliest were written by Jain writers which they wrote in three different forms – Phagus, Rasas and Vilasas. Some of their works were Samararasa written by Ambadeva, SalibhadraSuri wrote the famous Bharatesvara Bahubalirasa, Bhima’s Sadayavasta Katha, Tarunaprabha’s famous Balavabodha etc.
The Bkakti movement of the 16th century had two geniuses Bhalana and Narsimha. Premananda Bhatta, Aksayadasa and Syamaladasa were the famous poets of 17th and 18th centuries and some of their works are OkhaHarana, Padmavati, Simhasana, Madana Mohana, Sudama Charitra etc.
The regional language of Dadra and Nagar Haveli also produced many influential writers and poets in the 19th century. Most of these author’s works were influenced by western writings. Some of these geniuses were Narmada Sharma who wrote the poems VanaHarana, RukminiHarana and Virasimha. Other poems that are excellent works of Gujrati language are IshvaraPrarthanamala by Bholanath Sarabhai, Smarana Samhita by Narsimharao Divatia, Bhanakara written by Balwantrai Thakore. Nanalal was a poet who was famed for his apadyagadya and Chitradarsana and Vasantotsava were his famous works.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli language name is Gujarati and the people here widely use this language to for communication. The language has different variations while it is spoken by the local tribes of the region. Although there are other languages that are spoken around the Union Territory, Gujrati continues to be the most loved and most spoken language of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.