Chitpavani Language Resource
is a dialect spoken by Chitpavan community. Chitpavans,
as they are known today evolved as a community in Ratnagiri district of Konkan region of Maharashtra state in India. This
region lies on the western coast of the country. From their original land in
Ratnagiri, they have spread today in many parts of the world. Chitpavans, back in Konkan, speak
a peculiar dialect called Chitpavani.
language was spoken in the district till 1950’s, but with the advancement
of the time, people seem to have adopted standard Marathi as their language. As
of now, this language is almost extinct from the region with the exception of
very few old people in some remote villages in the district who can still speak
this dialect. Chitpavans who migrated to Goa and Dakshin
Kannada district of Karnataka about 300 years ago have still maintained
Chitpavani language in their homes.
per the linguistic classification, Chitpavani is dialect of Konkani- Goan language and it is a transitional dialect between
Konkani (spoken in North Konkan)
and Konkani Goan.
efforts are being made to revive this language through various forums such as
internet groups on Orkut, Yahoo and also through
various Chitpavan Mandals in Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka.
for knowing more about Chitpavani Language
Read this wikipedia article on
Chitpavani language, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chitpavani_Konkani
Join Chitpavani language community on Orkut
for knowing more, learning and interacting in the language, http://www.orkut.co.in/Main#Community.aspx?cmm=51006846
are some of the audio samples of the Chitpavani language.
1. First audio here is a chitpavani spoken in Goa. It describes the life in rural parts of Goa in the 1950's in a typical chitpavan households. The audio shows high
influence of Marathi since the speaker has spent most of his life in Maharashtra and lost his practice speaking chitpavani language.
click HERE to hear the audio. For downloading, right
click the word, and click “save target as”.
Mr. Divakar Barve
The second audio here is a sample of the language spoken in coastal Karnataka.
It describes the life and history of Chitpavan community in coastal Karnataka.
click here to HERE the audio. For downloading, right click the
word, and click “save target as”.
Mr. Purushotham Joshi
This is a collection of sources where you can find ‘chitpavani’
in printed words.
Books where you can find Chitpavani:
of Bombay Presidency (in English), Ratnagiri and Savantwadi
Districts, Vol. X, 1880, Published by The Executive Editor and Secretary,
Gazetteers Department, Government of Maharashtra, Mumbai- As far as my
knowledge goes, this is the earliest official mention of Chitpavani
language. There is sample of the various words and sentences and also
mentions peculiarity of the language as against Marathi.
- Grierson’s Linguistic Survey of India, pg. 210 It has information about Chitpavani language with
description about its features and small passage in the language with its
transliteration and translation. Available in parts on the internet
- Amhee Chitpavan- Kokanastha (in
Marathi), Author Ma. Shree. Dikshit,
2009 Published by Neelkanth Prakashan,
Pune- This book gives two passages in chitpavani and one poem in chitpavani
(in Marathi), Author Naa. Go. Chapekar, 1938. - This book also gives brief
information and some samples of chitpavani
language. Excellent source for overview of chitpavan culture.
- Sulabh Chitpavani- Chitpavani Bhasha Margadarshak (in Marathi), Author- Shridhar
Keshav Barve, 2007. -
The book is helpful for structured learning of chitpavani.
Mhanyo, (in Marathi and Kannada) Author Sou. Suchetah Joshy, Published by 3rd Akhil
Karnataka Chithpavan Brahmana
Excellent source of proverbs chitpavani with
their meanings in Kannada and Marathi.
Geetan, (in Kannada script) Author Sou. Suchetah Joshy. – Collection of various songs in chitpavani dialect.
- Baalakand (in Marathi), Author Ha. Mo. Marathe, 2001, Publisher Majestic Prakashan. – A Marathi novel with ample use of
dialogues in chitpavani language. It depicts the
life of a small child growing up in an agriculturist family in rural Goa in 1950’s.
- Atmapuran (in Marathi), Author Mahadevshastri
Joshi- Autobiography of the author with some passages, conversations and
information about the language.
- Ayye Aylotse Chandamama
(in Kannada script), Author and Publisher- Shri
N. Balakrishna Sahasrabuddhye,
Ujire, Karnataka, (2007),Contact:
08256-202266.- A collection of childrens’
- Shruteegandha (in Marathi), Author and Publisher- Shri. Di. Raa. Bhide, Jamsande, Tal. Devgad, Dist. Sindhudurg,
Maharashtra- A collection of poems by author and also consists two poems
in chitpavani. It’s a private publication
and not available for sale in the shops.
A lot of things are still to come, keep on checking this site
frequently for updates!!