23 October 2016
World Classical Tamil Conference – Kovai 27.6.2010
Greek and Latin were the only languages initially considered to be classical languages. In the 19th Century scholars like William Jones and Max Mueller published their translations of ancient Sanskrit literature and, with that, Sanskrit was elevated to the status of a classical language too. In 1816, noted scholar Ellis published his report and established that the Dravidian languages were different and distinct from Sanskrit and proved their separate antiquity and status. Government of India recognised Tamil as a classical language formally in 2004.