“With the death of every language, dies a rich culture. It’s an identity that needs to be preserved in the face of an ever-changing world.”
“The contribution of these tribal communities to Telugu culture has been very significant. Many literary works in Telugu have elements from these tribal languages which have also contributed greatly to the evolution of art and culture in the region. Languages are store houses of culture, literature and knowledge. The Chenchu tribe has a rich oral literature; they have high knowledge about herbal medicines. The Valmiki tribe that speaks Kupia has a fascinatingly rich knowledge of forests, flora and fauna. Once these languages die, the wisdom is lost forever.”
SOURCE: Paul, Papri. “The Dying Tongues of Telangana and Andhra.” The Times of India.