Malvani language

Pronunciationmalvaɳi (standard)
malvani (popular)
Native toIndia
Regionmalvan, Sindhudurg, Maharashtra, Goa
Native speakers
870,000[citation needed]
Language codes
ISO 639-3

Malvani is a dialect of Konkani with significant Marathi influences and loanwords.[1] Though Malvani does not have a unique script, scripts of the other languages native to the regions its speakers inhabit are used. Devanagari is used by most of the speakers. Malvani is very popular language used for newspaper articles and dramas.

Difference from standard Marathi[edit]

All pronouns have a change from la to ka. Words in Marathi for "yes", "this", "that", "where", "here", "there", have different Malvani counterparts. Other grammatical nuances differ from standard-spoken Marathi.

Geographical distribution[edit]

Malvani is spoken in the southern part of Konkan Vibhag[2] i.e. Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts; chiefly in the towns of Ratnagiri, Rajapur, Devgad, Malvan, Kudal, Kankavli, Sawantwadi and Vengurla. The language is also spoken in North Goa, especially Pernem taluka. The Census Board of India counts Malvani as a Konkani dialect (which is official language of State of Goa). According to Census Board of India, there are around 46851 Malwani speakers throughout the country, with 24 Lakh (2.4 million) Konkani living speakers. According to unofficial reports, around 8,68,825 (868,825) Malvani speakers live throughout the Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts. It is very famous language in Konkan region.

Konkani in popular culture[edit]

The first ever Drama (Natak) was Vastraharan got Huge Popularity was play of Machhindra Kambli. The Zee Marathi channel's 2016 serial Ratris Khel Chale was a Complete Malvani Style horrer Serial. As well as new serial Gav Gata Gazali becomes popular nowadays which based on Malvani Culture & Lifestyle. Also there are many movies and documentaries made in Malvani language which are famous showing lifestyle of people in Konkan region, Nature and culture.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gangaram Gavankar (27 February 2008). "आमची मालवणी" [Aamchi Malvani]. Maharashtra Times. (in Malvani). Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  2. ^ Sushila Marathe (27 September 2009). "मराठी भाषा" [Marathi Bhasha] (in Marathi). Sampadak Mandal. Retrieved 29 June 2015.

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