Kannada, Kannadiga, Kannadigaru, Karnataka,

Kannadigarella ondaagi Kannadavannu ulisona, kalisona and belesona

Kannada Inscriptions-Rashtrakuta Dynasty-UPENN-Kannada Influence on TELEGU

Historical Grammar of Old Kannada (Based entirely on the Kannada inscriptions of the 8th, 9th and 10th centuries A.D.). Dissertation Series, no. 1.



History of Kannada Language – Google Books Result

by Ramanujapuram Narasimhacharya – 1990 – Religion – 337 pages
The influence of Kannada in ancient times in what .is now known as the Telugu country is evidenced by the Kannada titles applied in old Telugu inscriptions


With the ending of the Gupta
Dynasty in northern India in the early sixth century, major
changes began taking place in the Deccan south of the Vindyas and
in the southern regions of India. These changes were not only
political but also linguistic and cultural. The royal courts of
peninsular India (outside of Tamilakam)
interfaced between the increasing use of the local Kannada language
and the expanding Sanskritic culture. Inscriptions, including those
that were bilingual, demonstrate the use of Kannada as the primary
administrative language in conjunction with Sanskrit. [1] [1]
Government archives used Kannada for recording pragmatic
information relating to grants of land. [1] The local language
formed the desi (popular) literature while literature in
Sanskrit was more marga (formal). Educational institutions
and places of higher learning (ghatikas) taught in
Sanskrit, the language of the learned Brahmins, while Kannada
increasingly became the speech of personal expression of devotional
closeness of a worshipper to a private deity. The patronage Kannada
received from rich and literate Jains eventually led to its use in
the devotional movements of
later centuries. [1]

Contemporaneous literature and inscriptions show that Kannada
was not only popular in the modern Karnataka region but the
linguistic change had spread further north into present day
southern Maharashtra and to the northern Deccan by the eighth
century. [1] Kavirajamarga, the work on poetics, refers to the
entire region between the Kaveri River and the Godavari River as
“Kannada country”. [1] [1] [1] Higher education in
Sanskrit included the subjects of Veda,
Vyakarana (grammar), Jyotisha (astronomy and
astrology), Sahitya (literature), Mimansa
(Exegesis), Dharmashastra (law), Puranas
(ritual), and Nyaya (logic). An examination of
inscriptions from this period shows that the Kavya (classical) style of writing was
popular. The awareness of the merits and defects in inscriptions by
the archivists indicates that even they, though mediocre poets, had
studied standard classical literature in Sanskrit. [1] An
inscription in Kannada by King Krishna
III, written in a poetic Kanda metre, has been found as far
away as Jabalpur in modern Madhya Pradesh. [1] Kavirajamarga, a work
on poetics in Kannada by Amoghavarsha I, shows that the study of
poetry was popular in the Deccan during this time. Trivikrama’s
Sanskrit writing, Nalachampu, is perhaps the earliest in
the champu style from the Deccan. [1]

Source: http://wapedia.mobi/en/Rashtrakuta_Dynasty?p=2#4.5.


9th century old Kannada inscription at
Navalinga temple in Kuknur, Karnataka



9th century old Kannada inscription at
Navalinga temple in Kuknur, Karnataka


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November 10, 2007 - Posted by | Classical status to Kannada


  1. So, is Kannada similar to Sanskrit or entirely different? Years ago, my brother and I studied Sanskrit quite a bit, but have never heard of Kannada before.

    Comment by BriteDay | November 11, 2007 | Reply

  2. Jai Kannadamby
    ………Horagina Kanndigarige Nanna Sandesha…………
    Nuru Bhashe Nimma Bhayalliddaru
    Kannada Bhashe Nimma Rudayadalliraly…………….. Nimma Maneya Manada Mhatagirali

    Namma Nimma Kannadavannu Hulisona Belesona

    Girish Hoysala

    Comment by Girish Hoysala | November 6, 2008 | Reply

  3. ellari seri ondaagi helona srigannadam gelge srigannadam baalge srigannadam alge jai bhuvaneswari

    Comment by r nagaraj | March 7, 2009 | Reply

  4. hosa belaku mudi jagadalella KANNADAD JAGRATI MUDALI, IDONDU HOSA HEJJE

    Comment by NEELAMBIKE | April 11, 2012 | Reply

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