Telugu Language Day (29th of August)

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Telugu Language Day

The 29th of August every year is observed as Telugu Language Day in India. Telugu happens to be one among the six classical languages of India, and it is spoken majorly in the south Indian states of Andhra Pradesh as well as Telangana, followed by the union territory of Yanam. The Andhra Pradesh Official Language Commission in collaboration with the district collectorates as well as various educational institutions laid the foundation stone of the Telugu Language Day, declaring it to be celebrated on the 29th of August, which also happens to be the birth anniversary of GiduguRamamoorthy, who was a renowned Telugu language scientist. He was born the 29th of August in the year 1863 and was a popular Telugu writer, a social visionary, as well as a renowned modern Telugu linguist during the reign of the British empire in India. During his life span, he had contributed immensely to the establishment of Telugu language among masses and had opposed the use of scholar language. His literary works in Telugu made the language very comprehensive for the common man.

There’s a massive difference between written Telugu and spoken Telugu, and being good in written Telugu, doesn’t mandatorily make someone well versed in spoken Telugu and vice versa. However, it was due to Gidugu Ramamurthy’s literary works in Telugu, wherein he managed to standardize spoken Telugu, and thus, it was accepted even by learned pundits. As on today, cultivated modern Telugu is used by majority, as a medium of instruction in schools and colleges, even for writing examinations as well as thesis.Gidugu Ramamurthy passed away in the year 1940, on the 22nd of January.

Thus, on Telugu Language Day, the language is celebrated in all possible ways as events like workshops, seminars, and competitions are organized in Telugu language, where students and others read poems and stories in Telugu and delve deep into the rich essence of this classical language.

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