Mahasu Pahari is a Western Pahari language spoken in northern India, mainly in the Shimla and Solan districts of Himachal Pradesh, and also in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand state. In 2002 there were about 1 milllion speakers of Mahasu Pahari, which is also known as Mahasui, Kiūnthali, Pahari or Himachali.
There are two main dialects of Mahasu Pahari: Lower Mahasu Pahari and Upper Mahasu Pahari. The language has no official status, is officially classified as a dialect of Hindi, and is considered definitely endangered by UNESCO. It is used to some extent in newspapers, and on the radio.
Mahasu Pahari used to be written mainly with a version of the Takri script known as Kōchi. It is now usually written with the Devanagari script.
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Information about Mahasu Pahari
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