Banjari, Labanki
Native toIndia
Native speakers
4,857,819 (2011 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3lmn

Lambadi or Labanki is a language spoken by the once nomadic Lambadi Banjara people across India and it belongs to Indo-Aryan group of languages. The language does not have a native script.[2]

Regional dialects are divided between the Banjara of Maharashtra (written in Devanagari), Karnataka (written in the Kannada script), Tamil Nadu (written in the Tamil script) and Telangana, Andhra Pradesh (written in the Telugu script). Speakers are bilingual in either Telugu, Kannada, or Marathi.[citation needed]

Lambadi is also a type of graceful dance performed by the Banjari women while carrying metal pots on their heads. The women wore colorful dresses and beaded jewelry. [3]


  1. ^ "Abstract of Speakers' Strength of Languages and Mother Tongues - 2011" (PDF). Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 April 2021. Retrieved 27 March 2020. Combining Banjari + Lamani/Lambadi/Labani
  2. ^ Naik, Dhansing B. (2000). The Art and Literature of Banjara Lambanis: A Socio-cultural Study. New Delhi: Abhinav Prakashan. p. 10. ISBN 9788170173649. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  3. ^ Gupta, Shobhna (2002). Dances of India. Har-Anand Publications. p. 66. ISBN 978-81-241-0866-6.