1. Current Affairs India May 2013-Classical status for Malayalam

Classical status for Malayalam

Malayalam’s long wait for classical status is over. The Union Cabinet decided to grant the coveted recognition to the language, spoken by 3.33 crore Malayalis all over the world. Malayalam now joins Tamil, Kannada and Telugu, all members of the Dravidian linguistic family, as the fourth ‘classical’ language of South India. The decision, it has been clarified by the Ministry of Culture, would be subject to the final decision on a writ petition pending before the Madras High Court. The decision would result in the State getting Rs.100 crore in assistance from the Centre and support for various projects to promote the language and its literature. Furthermore, the University Grants Commission (UGC) would back the establishment of Malayalam Chair at various Central universities. 

In 2004, the Government of India declared that languages that met certain requirements could be accorded the status of a "Classical Language in India". Languages thus far declared to be Classical are Tamil (in 2004),Sanskrit (in 2005),Kannada,Telugu (in 2008).

Did you know

1. Dravidian linguistic family includes Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu.
2. First language which got classical status was Tamil.

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