Telugu is a Dravidian language spoken by about 75 million people mainly in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where it is the official language, as well as in the town of Yanam where it is also an official language . It is also spoken in such neighbouring states as Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Maharashtra and Chattisgarh, and is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India.
There are also quite a few Telugu speakers in Canada, the USA, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar and Réunion.
It is one of six languages designated a classical language of India by the Government of India. Telugu ranks third by the number of native speakers in India (74 million, 2001 census), fifteenth in the Ethnologue list of most-spoken languages worldwide and is the most widely-spoken Dravidian language.
Telugu is also known as the " Italian of the East" , as 19th century Englishmen called it the Italian of the East as all words in Telugu end with a vowel sound.