Telugu Language History:
Telugu is one of the world’s most ancient and beautiful languages. Telugu came from the globe Trilinga, the same deity in the temples of Srisailam, Drakasharamam, and Kaleswaram. These three temples are located in the territory of Telugu-speaking people. Nowadays, students are learning the English language rather than Telugu. The daily activities of administration are also mainly in the English language. So that the state of Andhra Pradesh has been working to bring back the glory of the Telugu language. The Government also pressured the Union Government to announce the language as the Ancient language of India.
Telugu Language in Andhra Pradesh
Nearly 120 million people from all over the world are speaking in the beautiful Telugu language. Telugu is the official language of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Even the alphabet is very close to the Kannada alphabet. Hence, the language developed richly and is India’s most significant linguistic unit. Once, the famous Indian king Sri Krishna Devaraya boasted in his court that ‘Desa Bhashalandu Telugu Lessa’, which means Telugu is the beautiful and supreme language of the country.
In the past years, the language was called ‘Tenugu’. In the medieval period, the same language was called ‘Andhra’. However, there are some deviations among the scholars’ ideas about the origin of the Telugu language. But most people believe that the name of the ‘Telugu’ word is formed from the three famous shrines of Srisailam, Kaleswaram and Draksharamam.
Telugu is one of South Asia’s most widely spoken languages and one of the Dravidian languages, which occupied second place after Hindi. According to the census in 1981, 45 million people in Andhra Pradesh talk in Telugu. Now the count increased to 8 core people from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and the remaining four cores Telugu speaking people from other states and all over the world. The language is also known as the ‘Italian of the East’.
Telugu originated from the Proto-Dravidian language. Probably the language split from Proto-Dravidian between 1500 BCE to 1000 BCE. The Tamil language also existed during that period, and the Tamil people started their literary activity. Due to these reasons, the Telugu language belongs to the significant Dravidian language Subfamily. Since the language is spoken in the central part of the Deccan Plateau, still, some other languages exist in the central part of the Deccan Plateau; they are rustic Gondi, Konda, Kui and Kuvi languages which are linguistically close to the Telugu language.