Telugu is the 4th most spoken language in India. Telugu is spoken by about 8.11 crore people. The language is spoken in the South Indian States Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. So, the celebration of the day is also held in these 2 states. You must have some questions in your mind, Telugu Language Day 2021 Date, Why is Telugu Language Day celebrated? What’s its History and Significance? And When is Telugu language Day celebrated. Stay with us to know the answers to all these questions.
When is Telugu Language Day? 2021 Date
Talking about the 2021 Date of Telugu Language Day, it is celebrated every year on 29th August on the birth Anniversary of great Telugu poet Gidugu Venkata Ramamurthy.
Why is Telugu Language Day celebrated? History and Significance
Telugu Language Day is originally called Telugu Bhasha Dinotsavam (తెలుగు భాషా దినోత్సవం). According to beliefs, Telugu is a Dravidian language. As per the recent data of the Indian Government, Telugu ranks at the number 4 in terms of most speakers. According to the data, about 8.11 crore people use the Telugu language in their daily life.
If we talk about the origin of Telugu, According to the Russian linguist Mikhail S. Andronov, Telugu split from the Proto-Dravidian language between 1000 and 1500 BCE.
Brief Introduction of Gidugu Venkata Ramamurthy
Gidugu Venkata Ramamurthy, the great man who laid the foundation for the glory of the Telugu language. That is why he is known as the father of the Telugu vernacular movement. He worked hard to make the sweetness of the Telugu language available to all the people so that it could be understood in the text language only by scholars. Due to his efforts, the Telugu text was brought into the local language.
He laid the foundation of teaching in the local language in the name of humble behaviourism. He conveyed the meaning and clarity of Telugu words so that even palmists can understand them. The originator of Telugu colloquialism. Multilingual, historian, social reformer, rationalist. His birthday 29 August is celebrated as “Telugu Language Day”.
Ramamurthy was born on 29 August 1863 in the foothills of Srikakulam district. His parents were Venkamma and Veeraraju. Educated at a local school, he moved to his uncle’s house in Visakhapatnam after his father’s death in 1875. There he enrolled in high school. He was very interested in reading books and learning new things. He himself read and understood the scriptures of the temple. After completing class X, he worked as a private teacher and completed his degree with distinction. Then he joined Gajapati Maharaja College as a lecturer. It is an attempt to make the teaching of the Telugu language comprehensible to the day to day children.
Ramamurthy was appointed in 1907 by J.A. Yates, who had come to the North Coast districts as an inspector of schools. Simultaneously, the teaching of the practical language was introduced by simplifying the teaching of the Telugu language, which was the curriculum till then. Recognizing Ramamurthy’s ambition, Srinivasa Iyengar, Gurjada Apparao, among others, began a teaching career in colloquialism.
For this, a magazine named ‘Telugu’ was started. Under the influence of this movement, examinations conducted in grammatical language up to that point could also be written in colloquial language. With this, school and college textbooks became available to students in colloquial language.
The Madras Government honoured him with the title of Rao Bahadur for his services in the Telugu language. Kaiser conferred on him the title of Hind. He remained in Telugu until his death on 22 January 1940.