The Bishnupriya Manipuri Language

Bishnupriya Manipuri Language is mainly spoken by Bishnupriya Manipuris, a Indo-Aryan group of people who lived in Manipur(A North Eastern state of India)

long before the advent of Hinduism mixing and intermingling racially and culturally with the Meiteis but were driven out due to population pressure, inter-racial conflicts and political events. Though some of the people later identified with the Meiteis, most of them didn’t submit to the Meiteis to retain a separate identity and language. A great majority of the speakers fled away from Manipur and took refuge in Assam, Tripura, Sylhet, and Cachar during eighteen and nineteenth century due to internal conflicts among the princes of Manipur and due to Burmese attack. This Language is now spoken in parts of Assam, Tripura, Manipur( Jiribam, Bishnupur, Ningthaukhong)) in India, in Bangladesh, in Burma and some other overseas countries. Continue Reading

Historical Keynotes on Bishnupriya Manipuri Language

  • There can be no reasonable doubt that a great Aryan wave of very pure blood passed through Manipur into Burma in prehistoric time. I see traces of this in the finely cut features seen now and then among the Manipuris” – Gazetteer of Manipur by Captain E. W. Dun, Page 15.
  • ” A tribe known as Mayang speaks a mongrel form of Assamese known by the same name..They are also known as ‘Bishnupuria Manipuris or Kalisa Manipuris” – Linguistic Survey of India, 1891. Compiled by Sir G. A. Greirson, Vol V, Page 419
  • They (Mayangs) amongst themselves speak their own language, which is dialect of Hindee” – An account of the Valley of Manipore by Mc. Cullock, 1849.

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Shahid Sudeshna Sinha

March 16, 1996
Saturday, 12:10:00 AM

Gunghajhari Rail Staion
Kalkalighat, Patherkandi, Karimganj
Assam. Pin-788 725.

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