Monday, August 29, 2011

Telugu ‘bhasha dinostavam' on August 29

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has decided to Celebrate Telugu Language Day on 29th August every year from 2010. Cultural Programmes will be conducted on that day at Ravindra Bharati, Hyderabad.The Department of Culture will organise Telugu 'bhasha dinostavam' (language day) on August 29 to coincide with the birth anniversary of Gidugu Ramamurthy, who championed the cause of modern Telugu language.

Importance of Telugu

Telugu is the official language of the state of Andhra Pradesh, which is one of the largest states in the South of India. Telugu belongs to the Dravidian family of languages and it has been largely influenced by Sanskrit. It is one of the twenty-two scheduled languages of the Republic of India and was conferred the status of a classical language by the Government of India in October 2008. This Dravidian language is the mother tongue of the majority of people of Andhra Pradesh. It is also spoken by many people in all the neighbouring states, namely Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh as well as in many countries in the world to which the Telugus have migrated, like the U.S., Canada, England, Australia, Mauritius, Malaysia, Singapore, Burma, New Zealand, Holland, the Gulf countries, Botswana, South Africa and other African countries.
Commemorating Telugu Language Day is one more step taken by the Govt. to sensitize and encourage our youngsters to learn and speak this language. Telugu is the second most-spoken language in India (80 million native speakers in Andhra Pradesh, India).

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