Koda language

Koda, also known as Kora, Kaora, Korali, Korati, Kore, Mudi, or Mudikora,[3] is an endangered Munda language of India and Bangladesh spoken by the Kora. The Kora mainly live in West Bengal, in the districts of Paschim Medinipur and Bankura, with a few in neighbouring Odisha and Jharkhand. There were 1,300 speakers in Rajshahi Division, Bangladesh in 2005, but many said that Bengali was their best language. Koda is closely related to the Kol language.

Native toIndia, Bangladesh
Native speakers
47,268 (2011 census)[1]
  • Munda
    • North
      • Kherwarian
        • Mundaric
          • Koda
Language codes
ISO 639-3cdz

Kim (2010)[4] considers Koda and Kol to be Mundari cluster languages. Koda-speaking villages include Kundang and Krishnupur in Rajshahi Division, Bangladesh, while Kol villages include Babudaing village.

Most Kodas are adherents of the Sonaton religion or are mainstream Hindus.


  1. ^ "Statement 1: Abstract of speakers' strength of languages and mother tongues - 2011". www.censusindia.gov.in. Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Koda". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Simons, Gary F. and Charles D. Fennig (eds.). (2018). Koda. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Twenty-first edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-08-09. Retrieved 2014-07-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)