Sadri is a Bihari language spoken in the northeast of India by about 12 million people, by about 1,225 people in Nepal, and by some people in Bangladesh. In India it is spoken mainly in the Gaya district of Bihar state, in the Jashpur, Surguja, Balrampur districts of Chhattisgarh state, in the Chatra, Palamu, Latehar, Hazaribagh, Lohardaga, Gumla, Ranchi, Simdega, Khunti and West Singhbhum districts of Jharkhand state, and in the Sundergarh district of Odisha state. There are also some Sadri speakers in West Bengal and Assam state. In Nepal Sadri is spoken in the Jhapa district of Mechi zone in the southwest of the country.
Sadri is also known as Nagpuri (नागपुरी / নাগপুরী), Sadana, Sadani, Sadrik, Sadna, Siddri, Santri, Sradri, Sadan, Sadhari, Nagpuri, Nagpuria, Dikku kaji, Chota Nagpuri, Ganwari, Gawari, Jharkhandi or Gauuari. Speakers of Sadri call themselves Sadan/Sadri, Nagpuria or Gawari.
Some linguists consider that Sadri is a dialect of Hindi, while others see it as a dialect of Odia. Sadri is recognised an official language in Jharkhand in India, and as the language of a recognized indigenous nationality in Nepal. It is used in literature and on the radio in India.
There are ways to write Sadri with the Devanagari, Benglali, Odia and Latin alphabets.
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