Bhojpuri is an Indo-European language spoken mainly in Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh of India and some plain regions of Nepal. It is also spoken in Mauritius and some regions of the Caribbean particularly in Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname andFiji. In Mauritius, Bhojpuri has been mixed with Creole and Dutch lexical to form a new language of Mauritian Bhojpuri.
This language is a poetic language and this has led to Bhojpuri songs and music to become more popular than ever before. More and more people are tuning in to listen to Bhojpuri songs. All over India especially the eastern states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the demand for Bhojpuri music have increased considerably.
The reasons for the increase in popularity are many;
1. Firstly the Indian film industry more commonly known as Bollywood has taken to introducing at least one item song that has a Bhojpuri twist. For instance, the hit movie called Dabangg staring Salman Khan had a song called “Munni badnaan hui”. Another famous one was “Mai aai hu UP Bihar lootne” by Shilpa Shetty which became a major hit across all states and languages making Bihar and its languages known to the world. There is no doubt that this is a Hindi song but the way that it was made; it was obvious that it represented Bhojpuri speaking people. It was a representation of the eastern India typical of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. This has made the Bollywood producers think about introducing at least one Bhojpuri song in their films to attract vast movie goers from Bihar and eastern India.
2. Another reason for the popularity of Bhojpuri is that migrants from Bihar who speak Bhojpuri have taken the language to other places most notably Mumbai the financial capital of India. More and more people are becoming aware of this language. Due to its similarity with Hindi (Bhojpuri is a dialect of Hindi), most people who understand Hindi can understand Bhojpuri.
3. Another reason for Bhojpuri becoming popular is due to its amazing music. Bhojpuri language has the ability to be formulated in such a way that many words have double meanings. Hence many songs in Bhojpuri have double meanings. This has made Bhojpuri popular in a bad way. Although some admit that it is a good thing and has at least made Bhojpuri popular across India.
In recent years, great Bhojpuri singers have emerged. Some such singer is Kalpana Patowary, originally from Assam but has taken Bhojpuri to new heights. She has sung great songs in the language and now singing in Hindi as well. Other great singers from Bihar and of Bhojpuri origin include; Sharda Sinha, Pawan Singh, Sushma Shrestha (Poornima) and Manoj Tiwari. We hope this trend continues till all of India is aware of the Bhojpuri language.