Native toIndia
RegionMalwa region (parts of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan)
Native speakers
5.4 million (2011 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3mup
Glottologmalv1243  Malvi

Malvi or Malwi (माळवी भाषा), is an Indo-Aryan language spoken in the Malwa region of India. It is a dialect of Rajasthani language.

The dialects of Malvi are Ujjaini (Ujjain, Dhar, Indore, Dewas, Shajapur, Sehore districts), Rajawadi (Ratlam, Mandsaur, Neemuch districts), Umathwadi (Rajgarh district), and Sondhwadi (Jhalawar district) and Bhoyari which spoken in (Betul, Chhindwara, Wardha) district of central India. Ujjaini is the most prestige dialect[2]

About 75% of the Malvi population can converse in Hindi, which is the official language of the Madhya Pradesh state, and literacy rate in a second language such as Hindi is about 40%. There are many unpublished materials in this language.

See also


  1. ^ "Statement 1: Abstract of speakers' strength of languages and mother tongues - 2011". Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  2. ^ "pg no 293,296".