Indian Languages - Classical

The study of classical Indian languages focuses on South Asia's ancient native languages. Students can explore these languages as part of an undergraduate or graduate degree program in literature and language or in South Asian studies.

Inside Classical Indian Languages

Although Hindi is India's current official language, the Indian government has recognized several native languages as the nation's official classical languages. These official classical Indian languages include Sanskrit, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu. Programs that concentrate specifically on ancient Indian languages are rare; the most popular ones cover Sanskrit.

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Students interested in learning classical Indian languages can do so at schools with programs in South Asian studies or Sanskrit literature and language, which are available at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels. Students in these programs take classes in the classical Indian languages, Indian cultural history, including literature and religion, ancient philosophy and the history of South Asia. The articles listed below offer more information on relevant courses of study.

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