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Why Telugu language is sweet language?

April 21, 2015 1 comment

We can tell Telugu language is sweet language with the help of following
1. By own experience
2. History of Language
3. Scientific analysis of Language
4. Recommended by famous people from other languages
5. Strength / History of Grammar
6. Literary References
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By own experience

I am comfortable in three languages reading, writing, speaking and two other languages in speaking
In my own experience Telugu is sweet language. This is my personal opinion.
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History of Language

Please refer Wiki for more information.
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Scientific analysis of Language

Entropy of Telugu

Computational Linguistics

A Corpus Factory for many languages

There are many more papers who proves that Telugu is very strong language

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Recommended by famous people from other languages

The veteran tamil poet “Subramanya Barathiyar”, said
‘Sundara Telunginil Pattu Isaippom’. ‘Sinthu nathiyin…. Sundara telunginil patisaithu’.
He praised Telugu in tamil literature.

Most of the songs those days were in Telugu.
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Other kavi “Kanadhasan” said it in a Tamil song
‘Sinthu nathiyin……..Sundara telunginil patisaithu’

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Rabindranath Tagore once heard Telugu poetry and said ”Is this language or music?”

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SriKrishna Devaraya, South Indian king and non-native speaker of Telugu said “Desabhaashalandu Telugu Lessa(Telugu is the best among all the languages in this country)

We had the Tulu native King Sri Krishnadevaraya choosing to write his magnum opus “Amukta Malyada” in Telugu alongwith his beautiful reasoning as to why he did so. His Bhuvana Vijayam (court) of Ashtadiggajas gathered the best and the brightest minds of Telugu literary tradition in one place.
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We have had Kerala’s most illustrious and prodigious King Swathi Tirunal composing songs in Telugu.
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We have a host of Tamil Carnatic musicians enrich the Carnatic reportoire with their Telugu compositions ranging from the Tanjore Quartet dance compositions to Syama Sastri and Muthuswami Dikshitar to Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar to Patnam Subramania Iyer to the Umalayapuram brothers and so on.
In the Mysore kingdom court vidwans like Mysore Vasudevachariar, Veena Seshanna gave us gems like Brochevarevarura.

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Similarity with Italian
16th century Italian explorer Niccolo Da Conti who visited the Vijayanagara Empire described Telugu as Italian of the east; a sobriquet which has been widely repeated. This is because it contains 56 alphabet like Italian. Every word in Telugu ends with a vowel like Italian. And everyone knows how sweet a language Italian is. Similarly Telugu too is mellifluous to the ear.
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Strength / History of Grammar

Telugu grammar is called Vyākaranam (Telugu: వ్యాకరణం).
The first treatise on Telugu grammar, the “Andhra Shabda Chintamani” was written in Sanskrit by Nannayya, who was considered as the first poet and translator of Telugu in the 11th century A.D. There was no grammatical work in Telugu prior to Nannayya’s “Andhra shabda chintamani”. This grammar followed the patterns which existed in grammatical treatises like Aṣṭādhyāyī and Vālmīkivyākaranam but unlike Pāṇini, Nannayya divided his work into five chapters, covering samjnā, sandhi, ajanta, halanta and kriya.[1]

After Nannayya, Atharvana and Ahobala composed sutras, vartikas and bhashyam. Like Nannayya, they had previously written their works in Sanskrit. [1]
In the 19th century, Chinnaya Suri wrote a simplified work on Telugu grammar called Bāla Vyākaranam, borrowing concepts and ideas from Nannayya’s Andhra Shabda Chintamani, and wrote his literary work in Telugu.[1]

Every Telugu grammatical rule is derived from Pāṇinian, Katyayana and Patanjali concepts. However high percentage of Paninian aspects and techniques borrowed in Telugu.[1]

According to Nannayya, language without ‘Niyama’ or the language which doesn’t adhere to Vyākaranam is called Grāmya or Apabhraṃśa and hence it is unfit for literary usage. All the literary texts in Telugu follows Vyākaranam.[1]

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Majority of developed languages (which have a written script, well-developed grammar and some literature) in the world have two forms of literature: prose and poetry ( or verse). There are very few languages which have rules for poetry, like poetic meter aka Chandas (Vedic meter), which is one of the original ‘six limbs’ of Vedas. A quick google search gives you listings related to Sanskrit (Anushtup, Gayatri etc.), so I can safely say Telugu is one of the very few Indian languages which has a set of extensive set of rules of poetic meter (more than just rhyming); comparing it to Hindi (no offense) which prominently features Chaupai (4-liner) and Doha (2-liner); Telugu may have upto a few dozen varieties of these, which range from merely rhyming the last letters to complex “chandas” forms with 8 lines that should only be followed by a poem belonging to another meter (for speakers of Telugu, “Seesamu” should always be followed by “aata-veladi” or “theta-geethi”). This complexity led to a saying: కందము రాసిన వాడే కవి. (kandamu raasina vaade kavi – which translates to He alone who wrote a ‘Kanda’ poem is a poet.).

Telugu is one of the few languages which has Avadhana art where there are 8 questioners (Prichchaka) in “Ashta-avadhana” and 100 questioners in “Shata-Avadhana” and 1000 in “Sahasra-Avadhana”. The focus is mostly on “samasya-pooranam” — making poems using the letters/lines given by questioner on his/her own terms. There seems to be Avadhana in Kannada as well, but I couldn’t get a good source of information.
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C.P. Brown (1798-1884), a British officer who worked at Kadapa, Machilipatnam and Rajahmundry, made relentless efforts for a renaissance of Telugu as he found “its literature dying”. “To revive literature of a language was an arduous task for one man, and he, a foreigner”. He gave Telugus their first Telugu-English and English-Telugu dictionaries; brought out a ‘Misra Basha Nighantuvu” by including in it foreign words used by Telugus and districts’ dictionaries that dwelt on regional accents and published Vemana poems. These works today stand out as standard references. He collected over 5,000 Telugu manuscripts that threw light on various facets of Telugu and its people. Brown, as judicial officer at Machilipatnam, delivered a judgment in Telugu, the first in Telugu history–a contrast to today’ situation wherein GO are rarely issued in Telugu.

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Literary References

The greatest (longest) poetic work in the world Sri Maat Andhra Mahabharatham a transilteration from sanskrit is in telugu.
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Some of the many literary works and compositions in Telugu like Annamacharya’s 36,000 sankeerthanas on Lord Balaji,
Ramdasu’s 14,000 keerthanas,
poetry works of Vemana,
Dhoorjati kaalahasthi sathakam,
Pothana bhagavatham,

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Telugu is more powerful in all navarasas of life.
Shringar – Love
Hasya – Comic
Karuna – Sadness
Raudra – Furious
Veera – Heroic
Bhayanak – Terrible
Vibhats – Disgusting
Adbhuta – Wonderment
Shanta – Peace
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It is always believed that Telugu is a musical language because it ends with vowel sounds.

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References
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/when-foreigners-fell-in-love-with-telugu-language/article4227784.ece

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telugu_grammar

Note: Thanks to many for putting valuable inputs in different forums. I just pooled all information into one place and grouped for easy understanding. Thank you.

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