Kannada is one of the major Dravidian languages spoken in the state
of Karnataka, which is situated in the southern part of India. According
to 2001 census 52,733,958 people are speaking this language. Karnataka
is also popularly known as "Kannada Nadu" and the people
who speak Kannada are known as "Kannadigas".
a very rich tradition of literature, culture and grammar. The language
has 2000 years of history. The literature has 1500 years of varietable
tradition. The great epics, grammatical treatise, rhetorics, indigenous
knowledge compendiums were the great creations. Great poets like
Pampa, Ranna, Harihara, Raghavanka, Kumaravyasa, Kuvempu, Bendre,
Shivarama Karantha immortalized the place of Kannada in world literature.
Great social reformers and Bhakti Poets like Basavanna, Allma Prabhu,
Purandara Dasa, Kanaka Dasa have an indelible imprints.
came in contact with many other languages like Prakrit, Sanskrit,
Perso-Arabic and English at different times and enriched its repertoire.
In the true tradition of assimilation as can be seen in all spheres
in India, Kannada and Kannadigas have always welcomed virtues from
all directions. Karnataka is, then, the land of varietable arts
and artifacts. This can be seen in the language, literature and
in the performing arts in a more pronounced manner. The most astounding
fusion of northern and southern style of temple architecture found
its base in this land.
exhibits potentiality of expressing itself in any subject, in any
manner. Learning Kannada means enriching one self with the new experience.