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Sanskrit to Odia: 7 Ancient Indian languages still spoken today

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Tamil

It is an ancient Dravidian language with rich literary tradition. It is a 5000-year-old language with millions of speakers in India, Sri Lanka and other nations. 

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Sanskrit

Sanskrit is an ancient Indo-Aryan language mainly used for religious ceremonies, chants, and scholarly pursuits. It is the language of Jainism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. 

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Kannada

Kannada's roots date back to the 5th century CE. It is a Dravidian language and is still spoken in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. 

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Telugu

Another Dravidian language with rich history and literature dating back to the 5th century CE. It is primarily spoken in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. 

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Malayalam

Malayalam is a Dravidian language spoken mainly in the Indian state of Kerala and Lakshadweep. It has deep roots in the history dating back to the 9th century CE. 

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Odia (Oriya)

Odia is an Indo-Aryan language spoken mainly in Odisha and neighbouring parts. It is an ancient Indian language that dates back to the 10th CE.

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Assamese

It is also an Indo-Aryan language with a rich history and heritage. Assamese dates back to the 12th century CE.

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