Kannada has been conferred the official status of a Classical Language on the Kannada Rajyotsava day of 2008 (the formation day of the Karnataka state) i.e., the first day of November 2008, by the Ministry of Culture, India.
Kannada as a language has a high antiquity and a history of about 2000 years. Taking into account the high antiquity, rich heritage and legacy, enormous literature of high quality, variety and versatility Kannada has already been a Classical Language; only the status was recognized or reauthorized by a declaration. Telugu was also given the official status of a classical language in 2008 along with Kannada; prior to this Tamil and Sanskrit languages have been conferred the classical language status in the years 2004 and 2005 respectively. As such the declaration is only a political recognition, most of the times it is done to appease the people speaking a particular language!
In fact most classical languages are simple, rational and elegant; widely accepted, traditional in style and have a practical idea of usage; the inherent quality acquired by a language makes it survive the ravages of time over a long period. A classical language never stands still; it is in a continuous flow. It is this flow that makes it grow and glow, in fact it is time tested and perfected by its users. Latin and Greek though accepted as classical languages long before are free from any political proclamations. So a political declaration is not a necessary criterion to claim the classical status, it’s the users and time that decide whether a language is classical or not.
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