Kannada Literature – an
Unbroken Literary History of Thousand Years
Kannada is one of the
oldest surviving languages in the world. It is the official and administrative language of Karnataka. This is
the language primarily spoken in the state of Karnataka; its native speakers are called Kannadigas. The total
speakers worldwide amounts to about 50 million in numbers, making it one among the top thirty most spoken
languages in the world. It is one of the scheduled languages of India and one of the four officially recognized
classical languages of India.
While studying the
history of literary Kannada we don’t come across sudden bright flashes here and there and a period of lull in
between. The literary history of Kannada is continuous and has maintained its steady flow through the ages.
Early Kannada while maintaining its Dravidian spirit has exchanged many ideas with Tamil and also has imbibed
itself with the richness of Sanskrit as a language under its heavy influence.