Kannada language

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Kannada (ಕನ್ನಡ Kannaḍa, [ˈkʌnːəɖa]) or Canarese[5] is one of the major Indian languages, spoken predominantly in the state of Karnataka. Kannada, whose native speakers are called Kannadigas (ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು Kannadigaru), number roughly 50 million,[1] making it the 27th most spoken language in the world.[3] It is one of the scheduled languages of India and the official and administrative language of the state of Karnataka.[6]

The Kannada language is written using the Kannada script which is evolved from the Kadamba script. Kannada is attested epigraphically from the first millennium AD, and literary Old Kannada flourished in the 6th century Ganga dynasty[7] and during 9th century Rashtrakuta Dynasty[8] . Contemporary Kannada literature is the most successful in India, with India's highest literary honor, the Jnanpith awards, having been conferred seven times upon Kannada writers, which is the highest for any language in India.[9] Based on the recommendations of the Committee of Linguistic Experts, appointed by the Ministry of Culture, the Government of India officially recognised Kannada as a classical language.[10][11]


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