Kashmiri

Kashmiri is the language of the Vale of Kashmir or the Kashmir Valley, as it is also known. It is an Indo-Aryan language with a rich literary history going as far back as the fourteenth century and is spoken by the majority of the inhabitants of this region of Kashmir and the neighboring district of Kishtwar, as well as by the diasporic Kashmiri community. Kashmiri is one of India’s official languages, recognized in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India, and is the official language of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmiri is conventionally written in a modified form of the Perso-Arabic script. It also used to be written in a form of the Brahmi script called Sharada, however the use of this script has become extremely rare. Kashmiri is offered as a part of the department’s language tutorials according to the academic needs of students. Students who study Kashmiri can also take part in the American Institute of Indian Studies Kashmiri programs offered in the summer months.