DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that Telugu language is also known as the Italian of the East? It all started in the 16th century when an Italian merchant and explorer Niccolò de’ Conti ran into Telugu people during his journey across Southeast Asia. He noticed that Telugu words end with a vowel, and in the west, Italians also possess vowel-ending words. Thus, Telugu is referred to as "The Italian of the East", and the only Indian language with words that end with a vowel. Studies also show that the number of Telugu speakers is actually more than French speakers. In fact, a statistic revealed that there are 79 million Telugu speakers in India alone while there are 75 million speakers in the world with French as their mother tongue.
Meanwhile, one of the two subgenres of classical music of India called Carnatic Music has emerged in the southern part of India. Its main emphasis is vocal music, which means that written compositions are created in order to be sung. And when a musical instrument is used, it is ideally performed in singing style, also called g?yaki style. Since Telugu is also considered as one of the most expressive languages in India, many songs composed in Carnatic music used the Telugu language. This is because the language quality of having words ending in vowel greatly contributes to its musical touch.