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"Thari" redirects here. For the town in Pakistan, see Tharri.
Native to Pakistan and India (Marwar region of Rajasthan and Thar region of Sindh)(sociolect)
Native speakers  (2000)
Language family
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mki
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Dhatki, also known as Dhati or Thari, is one of the Rajasthani languages of the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language family.[1] It is most closely related to Marwari.


Dhatki/Dhati is spoken in western parts of Jaisalmer and Barmer districts of Rajasthan in India and eastern parts of Sindh province of Pakistan by about 2,000,000 people in all. Some Dhatki-speaking communities migrated to India in 1947 after the independence and continued to do so in small numbers after that date, but the great majority of Dhatki speakers still reside in Pakistan.
Dhatki/Dhati is spoken by these Communities:

The majority speakers of Dhatki language live in Umerkot District and Tharparkar District in Sindh, Pakistan.


Muslim : 30% Hindu  : 65% Traditional religion : 5%


Dhatki has implosive consonants. Nohari and Hindu are 65% and Muslims are 30% and rest 5 are others


A few of the typical sentences in Dhatki are:

  • [tũ ki to kəɾẽ](TOON KEE TOH KAREEN) Meaning "What are you doing?",
  • [tɑd͡ʒo nɑ̃ ki əhɛ](TA-HAAN-JO NAAM KEE AEY-HEY) Meaning "What is your name?",
  • [mɪnɑ ɾoʈi kʰɑɲi əhɛ](MI-NNA ROTI KHA-NI AEY-HEY) Meaning "I need to eat".
  • [tũ kɪtʰ pjo d͡ʒɑẽ](TOON KITTH PYO JAYEEN) Meaning "where are you going?
  • [tu kien ayhien?](TOON KEEN AEY-HEEN) Meaning "How are you?".


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