How a language is declared ‘classical’ in India, what benefits it enjoys
Posted on : 18 Feb 2020Views: 530
- The AkhilBharatiya Marathi SahityaSammelan recently demanded that Marathi be given the status of a 'classical language'.
- Currently, six languages enjoy the ‘Classical’ status: Tamil (declared in 2004), Sanskrit (2005), Kannada (2008), Telugu (2008), Malayalam (2013), and Odia (2014).
- Guidelines for declaring a language as ‘Classical’ are
- High antiquity of its early texts/recorded history over a period of 1500-2000 years;
- A body of ancient literature/texts, which is considered a valuable heritage by generations of speakers;
- The literary tradition be original and not borrowed from another speech community
- The classical language and literature being distinct from modern, there may also be a discontinuity between the classical language and its later forms or its offshoots.
Article Related Questions
With reference to “Classical languages” in India, consider the following statements
1.Telugu was the first language declared classical in 2004.
2.Odia was the last language declared classical.
3.The literary tradition be original and not borrowed from another speech community is one of the requirement for declaration of Classical language.
1.1 and 2 only
2.2 and 3 only
3.1 and 3 only
4.1, 2 and 3
Right Ans : 2 and 3 only