Marathi (मराठी) is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by the Marathi people of what is considered western India.
It is the official language of the state of Maharashtra.
There are 90 million fluent speakers worldwide.
Marathi is the 4th most spoken language in India and the 15th most spoken language in world.
Along with Bengali, Marathi is the oldest of the regional literatures in Indo-Aryan languages, dating from about AD 1000.
Marathi is estimated to be over 1300 years old, and it is evolved from Sanskrit through Prakrit and Apabhramsha.
Its grammar and syntax derive from Pali and Prakrit.
In ancient times, Marathi was called Maharashtri, Marhatti, Mahratti etc.