About Dogri Literature

Dogri (डोगरी or ڈوگرى) is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by about five million people[1] in India and Pakistan, chiefly in the Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, but also in northern Punjab, other parts of Jammu and Kashmir, and elsewhere.[2] Dogri speakers are called Dogras, and the Dogri-speaking region is called Duggar.[3] Since Dogri, Kashmiri, Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi are spoken in a region that has witnessed significant ethnic and identity conflict, all have been exposed to the dialect versus language question. At various times, Western Pahari languages have been contended to be dialects of Punjabi, at others, some Western Pahari languages (such as Rambani) have been contended to be dialects of Kashmiri. Each of these languages possesses a central standard on which its literature is based, and from which there are multiple dialectal variations.