In Dang, efforts are being made to preserve and promote the Magar Kham language.
This campaign has been launched by the Magar Language Literature and Culture Foundation Center Dang.
The preservation of the Kham language has begun as the new generation of the Magar Kham community has lost interest in the language, according to Kritiman Pun, president of the foundation. “Lately, the new generation has lost interest in the Magar Kham language, and thus we are working to protect and promote this ancient Magar asset,” Pun said.
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He claims that this language is dying due to a lack of communities that speak traditional Kham. It is dwindling due to a lack of transmission of Kham language to the next generation.
There is no special script for the Magar language; instead, Devanagari is used. Although Kham is the mother tongue of the Magar community who moved from Rolpa, Rukum to Dang, Nepali Khas is more widely spoken in this community.
Pun believes that because children are learning Nepali as their first language, the Kham language is on the verge of extinction.
According to the Foundation, the estimated population of the Magar ethnic community in the country is around 2.5 million Magar, with only about 1.9 million speaking the Magar language.