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Telugu (తెలుగు), a Dravidian language spoken by about 75 million people mainly in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, where it is the official language. It is also spoken in such neighbouring states as Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Maharashtra and Chattisgarh, and is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India. (...)


Words like “Telugu”, “Tenugu”, and “Andhramu” were used in several circumstances in the “Tenugu Bharatam” published in 1050 AD. The name for a group is “Andhra” which is also used to contact the language that had progressed over 1000 years. “Andhrulu”, “Andhradesam”, “Teluguvaru”, “Telugudesam”, “Tenugudesam”, and “Tenugu Bhasha” are used as alternatives. Telugu language is India’s native Dravidian language.

not yet deciphered Indus/Harappa script A collection of symbols used in the Indus valley of India between about 3,500 and 2,000 BC. Some believe that these symbols are non-linguistic, while others argue that they represent a Dravidian language.

approximate distributionof Dravidian languages.