Antiquity of Telugu

Telugu – one of the sweetest languages of India is rhythmic and rounded. It sounds like a Cuckoo singing over the branches of the flowering Mango trees. What I mean by rounded is the script that curves in full circles making it run in different sized marbles over a paper.

The present day script has evolved over the years dating back to the 3rd century BC when it was closely associated with the Brahmi script. I learn that the now known Telugu script has been developed by “Aadi Kavi Nannaya” during the 10th century, it has evolved to be a Telugu-Kannada script. Amazing as to how he chose to blend Brahmi into Kannada to have a modified Telugu script.

We had an interesting history of twists and turns of our very own Telugu people! The many Kings and Kingdoms, patronizing different traditions and practices. Since the ancient era of Satavahanas our language slowly seeped into the official inscriptions and flourished to be a classic literary luminous during the midieval era of Sri Krishna Devaraya. Ever since, Telugu language and script have evolved to stand like a classic pillar of culture, tradition and life.

My interest in seeking the origins of our language deepened with the battle of languages.  As we witnessed the naming of certain languages to be classical, we also came across some parties contesting the antique supremacy of other classical languages. This is more like frogs in the well, we neither want to get out of the well nor want others to make an effort. This battle of languages had existed for ever. As a lover of languages, I never felt superior or inferior to people of a different language. Telugu my mother tongue has been an everyday ritual as it came as a natural exploration.


2 thoughts on “Antiquity of Telugu

  1. The antiquity of telugu script started right from 3rd century A.D.or even earlier but with Adikavai Nannaya. Nannaya formulated and systamitised the script,introduced to the public through his literary work.

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