Telugu : Ancient / classic language status

In what is seen as an awakening to the Telugu pride once again, not before the insult by the center the intelligensia have teamed up together to gather proof of telugus ancient and cultural legacy. This is seen by analysts as a turnaround to the language itself, if it is taken up and till the end.

The Committee on Culture in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs which enhanced the antiquity period for the listed languages to get the classical status from 1000 years to 1,500-2000 years has been the corner stone of contention.

Conventionally dated back to 11 th century AD, there have been proofs of the language dating back to 700 BC says Dr Sanganabatla Narsaiah, noted scholar and principal of the Government Oriental Degree College in Dharmapuri. He points out that clay tablets belonging to 700 BC have been excavated from Mesopotamia (now in Iran and Iraq) contained traces of the primitive form of Telugu words.  

While from one end the Official languages commission of TELUGU has been collecting references made in the Buddhist epic Sheravaniya about Telivaha river lend credence to the belief that the river was Godavari other scolars and luminaries in various fields have teamed up in an effort to support and make a strong case.

several Satavahana inscriptions dating back to 2nd century BC, the mentioning in “Indica’ of Megasthenes, also before Christ, Itareya Brahmanam, a part of Rigveda which spoke of Telugu, and the famous Kalimella edict in Kadapa district.

Telangana Writer’s Forum District President D. Narahari Acharya said that the Centre should also peruse ancient inscriptions found at at Godisala, Sanigaram and other places which gave valuable information on the evolution of Telugu script.

“suMdara teluMgiL paaTisaitu” – SrI subrahmaNya bhArati
Let us sing in Sweet Telugu – Tamil poet Sri Subrahmanya Bharati, 20th Century

“TELUGU – Italian of the East” – Niccolò Da Conti, 15th Century

“dESa bhAshalaMdu telugu lessa” – tuLuva rAju SrI kRshNadEvarAya
Telugu is the sweetest of all Indian languages – Great Tuluva Emperor Sri Krishnadeva Raya, 16th Century

There have been 1000’s of people  that have contributed to telugu and the world as well and the mention of the language and its people have been continuous since the time of the Epics and the vedas.

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