Kannada is the language of Karnataka. It has sprung from a common
origin (Dravida) and the modern version has had liberal inputs
Kannada has three chief dialects - classical, medieval and modern.
Ancient Kannada (Hale Kannada) shows an extraordinary amount of
polish and refinement. It has several works written by Jaina scholars
and appears to have been in use for literary purposes from at
least the 10th to the middle of the 13th century.
Medieval Kannada began to appear as contained in the poetry of
Saiva and Lingayat authors. From about the 16th century, medieval
Kannada gradually got its present day modern character.
Here we present a user-friendly visitor's guide to help you converse
in Kannada. It helps to roll your tongue a bit... Have fun with
the local lingo!