Telugu is one of the oldest languages on earth. It is the largest member of the Dravidian language family. It is unique in its roots and was the center of political activism that led to the creation of linguistic states in India. It is the principal and official language of the state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and also has the official language status in the Yanam District of the Union Territory of Pondicherry. Andhra Pradesh was formerly known as ‘Trilinga Rajyam’, the land between three lingas – Srisailam, Kaleshwaram, and Bhimeshwaram. Hence, Telugu was known as ‘Trilinga basha’, which later changed to ‘Telungu’ and finally reached the current ‘Telugu’. It is one of the 22 official languages and 14 regional languages of India. Among the other Indian languages, Telugu comes second to Hindi. This language has been successful in reaching other parts of the world too, such as Burma, South Africa, and the USA. The language is also called ‘Italian of the East’ by some of its admirers, because of its mellifluous nature. Besides, being a richly developed language, it has the biggest linguistic unit in India. This language has 100 million speakers worldwide and around 82 million native speakers. It is believed to have originated in the 1st century A.D. from the Proto-Dravidian language. As per historical records, the Telugu script is said to have been created from the Pahlava script and is very similar to that of Kannada. The Telugu language has an Indo-Aryan vocabulary to a large extent and has a major influence on Sanskrit. Written materials in Telugu date from 633 AD. Although culturally Telugu is close to its southern neighbours — Tamil and Kannada — genetically, it is closer to its northern neighbours — Gondi, Konda, Kui, Kuvi, Pengo, and Manda.
Native to India
Region Andhra Pradesh, Telangana
Hyderabad, is Telangana’s largest and most-populous city and is the major urban centre for all of south-central interior India. From 1956 to 2014 Hyderabad was the capital of Andhra Pradesh. But, with the creation of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh in 2014, it was redesignated as the capital of both states. Hyderabad has become a hub of trade and commerce and an international centre for information technology. Pharmaceuticals, cigarettes, and textiles are among the items manufactured there. Service activities have expanded dramatically, especially those associated with IT, so that they have come to constitute the lion’s share of the city’s economy. Tourism has grown in significance. The city has long been associated with the production of Telugu-language films, which gave rise to its nickname Tollywood. Telangana plays an important role in the inclusion of Telugu for significance in the world’s localization strategies. Tirupati, Vishakapatnam, Vijayawada, etc are a few other big cities which are not only pilgrimage and tourist hotspots, but are also home to main industries.
Since Telugu native speakers are located globally, it becomes utmost imperative for the need of translation services in this language. Moreover, according to a recent study, the fastest growing language in the US was found to be Telugu with an increasing Telugu diaspora. Telugu translation services will not only target customers in different locations, but also help various business verticals ranging from governments, law, education, health, entertainment, IT industry, etc. to easily manage complicated tasks and increase customer base.