Rangpuri is a member of the Bengali-Assamese branch of the Indo-Aryan language family. It is spoken by about 10.3 million people in the northwest of Bangladesh, mainly in the Joypurhat area of Rajshahi division, and in the Dinajpur, Gaibanda, Lalmonihat, Nilphamari, Panchagar, Rangpur and Thakurgaon districts of the Rangpur division.
There are also about 476,000 speakers of Rangpuri in the northeast of India, mainly in the Darjeeling, Koch Bihar, Jalpaiguri and Uttar Dinajpur districts of West Bengal state, and in the Dhubri and Kokrajhar districts of Assam state.
In Bangladesh it is known as Rangpuri, Kamtapuri, Rajbongshi or Polia. In India it is known as Koch-Rajbongshi or Goalpariya in Assam, and as Surjapuri or Rajbanshi in Bihar.
In Bangladesh Rangpuri is written with the Bengali alphabet and is used in literature and on the radio. In India it is written with the Devanagari alphabet, although relatively few people are able to read and write it.
गटे लोकला मान आर अधिकारेर आधारत् जन्मजात स्वतन्त्र आर समान हचे। अमाहालार बुद्धि आर बिचार लिए आसाल रहचे आर एक आपसत् भाइभाइर ब्यबहार करुबा लागे।
Gôṭe loklā mān ār ôdhikārer ādhārôt jônmojāto shôtôntro ār sômān hôce. Āmāhālār buddhi ār bicār lie āsāl rôhce ār æk āpôsôt bhaibhair bæbôhār korubā lāge.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
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