As Velcheru Narayana Rao states in page 3 of his book "Classical Telugu Poetry": "every Sanskrit word is potentially a Telugu word as well, and literary texts in Telugu may be lexically Sanskrit or Sanskritized to an enormous extent, perhaps sixty percent or more." As C.P Brown states in page 266 of his book "A Grammar of the Telugu language": "Every Telugu rule is laboriously deduced from a Sanskrit canon". As David Shulman states in page 3 of his book "Classical Telugu Poetry": "The enlivening presence of Sanskrit is everywhere evident in Andhra civilization, as it is in the Telugu language". Including non-native speakers it is the most spoken Dravidian language and the most spoken language in India after Hindi and Bengali. It was conferred the status of a Classical language by the Government of India.
It is one of the twenty-two official languages of the Republic of India. It is widely spoken in Andhra Pradesh and also spoken in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Orissa, and Puducherry, with major populations in Bengaluru and Chennai; the dialects spoken in these places vary greatly from the standard version of the language. It is also spoken among a diaspora population in the USA, Malaysia, Mauritius, South Africa, Ireland, Fiji, Reunion, Trinidad and the UK among other countries around the world.ubject (usually plural); "he mastered only the rudiments of geometry"