About AP Language & Culture

We, the Andhras

“We, the Andhras, are fortunately situated in some respects. I firmly believe that if any part of India is capable of developing an effective sense of unity it is in Andhra. The hold of conservatism is not strong. Our generosity of spirit and openness of mind are well -known. Our social instinct and suggestibility are still active. Our moral sense and sympathetic imagination are not much warped by dogma. Our women are relatively more free. Love of the mother-tongue binds us all.”
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
From the first Convocation Address of the Andhra University, 1927)

Our Culture

Culture
The Dwaita, the Visishtadwaita, the Advaita, and Saivite faiths coexist in Andhra Pradesh among Hindus, while Muslims and Christians also live side by side… Read More

Dance
Kelika style of dance was in vogue when the deity was taken in procession (utsava) in the streets. Devadasis used to dance in the procession. For some time…Read More

Modern Drama
Sarasa Vinodini Nataka Sabha, started by playwright and actor Dharmavaram Krishnamachari in the last quarter of nineteenth century gave spur to modern…Read More

Music
The earliest musical work produced in Andhra region is said to be a collection of seven hundred verses Gatha Sapta Sati in Prakrit completed during King…Read More

Language
Telugu is a richly developed language and the biggest linguistic unit in India, second only to Hindi. Linguistically, the language has deviated a good deal…Read More

Literature
Telugu literature traces back its roots to the second decade of eleventh century, though earlier literary works are few and far in between. That was time when a part of…Read More

Visual Arts
Perhaps the earliest paintings ascribed to Andhras by experts are in the Ajanta caves No. 9 & 10 which are considered to be nearly 2000 years old. They…Read More