6 million (2004)|
Census results conflate some speakers with Hindi.
Banjari, or Lambadi, also called Goar-boali is a language spoken by nomadic Banjara people across India and it belongs to Indo-Aryan group of languages. The language does not have script and recorded history.
The language is known by various other names, including Lamani, Lamadi, Lambani, Labhani, Lambara, Lavani, Lemadi, Lumadale, Labhani Muka and variants, Banjara, Banjari, Bangala, Banjori, Banjuri, Brinjari, Vanjari, Wanji, and variants, Gohar-Herkeri, Goola, Gurmarti, Gormati, Kora, Singali, Sugali, Sukali, Tanda.
Regional dialects are divided between the Banjara of Maharashtra (written in Devanagari), Karnataka (written in the Kannada script) and Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (written in the Telugu script). Speakers are bilingual in either Telugu, Kannada, or Marathi. but there will be more influence of regional language on lambadi language
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