♦ Tulu is a Dravidian language that is mostly spoken in the Karnataka districts of Udupi and Dakshin Kannada, as well as Kasaragod in Kerala.
♦ According to the most recent census data, approximately 18 lakh people in India speak the language.
♦ Scholars contend that Tulu is one of India’s earliest Dravidian languages, with historical records dating back 2000 years.
♦ According to Robert Caldwell, Tulu is a highly developed language of the South-Indian language family.
♦ The demand is primarily for the language to be designated as an official language and to be included in the constitution’s 8th schedule.
About Culture of Tulu language:
The Tulu language has a rich literary tradition that includes both folk and oral literature. In some places, the well-known theatre art Yakshagana is also performed in Tulu. Many films and plays are produced in Tulu. Tulu has been added to the Karnataka school curriculum as a third language to be studied.
About 8th schedule of the constitution:
Assamese, Urdu, Bodo, Santhali, Bengali, Gujarati, Kashmiri, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Maithili, and Dogri are the languages covered by the eighth schedule. It will enable the language to be recognised by the Sahitya Akademi. The language will be eligible for literary awards.