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Classical language status

Source: TH

Context: The Central government is set to revise the criteria for granting classical language status, affecting languages like Marathi, which has been seeking this status for over a decade.

  • Currently, six languages have classical status: Tamil, Sanskrit, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Odia.
  • The criteria for classical language status include high antiquity, a valuable body of ancient literature, original literary tradition, and distinctness from modern forms.
 Classical language status
Classical language status