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INDIA: What sign languages are used in India?

Updated: Apr 21, 2023

This article can help you answer the following questions:


Where is India?


How many Deaf / Hard of Hearing people are in India?

There are an estimated 45,540,000 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the India.

This percentage is a rough estimation: 3.3% of the general population. Lack of research make estimating these numbers difficult. The World Health Organization estimates 5% of the world population has significant hearing loss. Keep in mind that developing nations typically have a much higher number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing populations.


What sign languages are used in India?

Written / spoken languages in India:

  • Hindi

  • Bengali

  • Urdu

  • Punjabi

  • Marathi

  • Telugu

  • Tamil

  • Gujarati

  • Kannada

  • Odia

  • Malayalam

  • Assamese

  • Santali

  • Meitei (Manipuri)

  • Sanskrit

  • English


How do you say India in sign language?


Where can I learn Indian Sign Language online?

InterSign University offers online Indian Sign Language courses. Register here:


What Deaf village is located in India?

Alipur Deaf Village, India


What Deaf organizations are located in India?

Source: Gallaudet


Additional sign language resources for India

We will update this section as more information becomes available.


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