Telugu /ˈtɛlʉɡuː/ (తెలుగు telugu, IPA: [t̪el̪uɡu]) is a Dravidian language is the only language other than Hindi which is predominantly spoken in more than one Indian state including Telangana, Andhra Pradesh,Andaman and Nicobar and in the union teritory of Yanam where it is also an official language.
It is also spoken by significant minorities in the states Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, the union territory Puducherry, and by the Sri Lankan Gypsy people. It is one of six languages designated a classical language of India.Telugu ranks third by the number of native speakers in India (74 million), thirteenth in the Ethnologue list of most-spoken languages worldwide and is the most widely spoken Dravidian language. It is one of the twenty-two scheduled languages of the Republic of India.
Telugu still contains some features of Sanskrit that have subsequently been lost in Sanskrit’s daughter languages such as Hindi and Bengali, especially in the pronunciation of some vowels and consonants.