Magahi language

Magahi language
  • Magahi language also known as Magadhi is language spoken in Bihar-Jharkhand region of eastern India.
  • It has been derived from ancient language Magadhi Prakrit, spoken in ancient kingdom of Magadha.
  • It is believed to be the language spoken by Gautama Buddha.
  • It was official language of the Mauryan court, in which edicts of Ashoka were composed.
  • Magadhi has approximately 18 million speakers and has a very rich and old tradition of folk songs and stories.
  • It has not been constitutionally recognised in India and was legally absorbed under Hindi in the 1961 Population Census
  • Why in news? Magahi writer Shesh Anand Madhukar was honoured with Sahitya Akademi Bhasha Samman award. 

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