Dravidian peoples

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The Dravidian peoples are people who speak Dravidian languages. There are around 220 million Dravidian speakers worldwide. Most live in South India. Others live in parts of Central India, Eastern India, Bangladesh, Southern Pakistan, Sri Lanka the Maldives and Nepal. The biggest groups of Dravidians are the Tamil people, Telugu people, Kannada people, and the Malayali people. Smaller Dravidian communities with 1–5 million speakers are the Tulu people, Gondi people and Brahui people in Pakistan.

List of Dravidian people[change | change source]

Name Country Population Notes
Brahuis  Pakistan,  Afghanistan 2,528,000 Brahuis belong to the north-Dravidian subgroup.The majority are found in Baluchistan, Pakistan, with smaller amounts in Southwestern Afghanistan.
Kannadigas  India 36.9 million[1] Kannadigas belong to the south-Dravidian subgroup. Kannadigas are native to Karnataka, parts of northern Kerala,parts of southern Maharashtra, and northwest region of Tamil Nadu, India.
Malayalis  India 38 million[2] Malayalis belong to south-Dravidian linguistic subgroup. Native to Kerala, southwestern Tamil Nadu, and Southern Karnataka.
Tamils  India,  Sri Lanka 75 million[3] They belong to south-Dravidian linguistic subgroup. Tamils are native to Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, parts of Kerala, southern Andhra Pradesh, southern Karnataka and Sri Lanka.
Telugus  India 74 million[4] They belong to the central/north Dravidian subgroup. Telugus are native to Andhra Pradesh, Telangana.
Tuluvas  India 2,000,000 (approx) They belong to the south Dravidian subgroup, and are found in coastal Karnataka and northern Kerala (alternatively named Tulu Nadh).

References[change | change source]

  1. "Census 2011: Languages by state". Censusindia.gov.in. http://censusindia.gov.in/Census_Data_2001/Census_Data_Online/Language/Statement3.htm. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  2. Mikael Parkvall, "Världens 100 största språk 2007" (The World's 100 Largest Languages in 2007), in Nationalencyklopedin. Asterisks mark the 2010 estimates for the top dozen languages.
  3. World Tamil Population. tamilo.com. (August 2008)
  4. Abstract of speakers' strength of languages and mother tongues – 2000, Census of India, 2001