When was the term “Dravida” first used and what is the context with which it was presented?

When was the word Dravida first used?

The actual term Dravidian was first employed by Robert A. Caldwell, who introduced the Sanskrit word dravida (which, in a 7th-century text, obviously meant Tamil) into his epoch-making A Comparative Grammar of the Dravidian or South Indian Family of Languages (1856).

Who was the first person to use the term Dravidian?

Robert Caldwell (1856, 3rd edn, repr. 1956: 3–6) was the first to use ‘Dravidian’ as a generic name of the major language family, next to Indo-Aryan (a branch of Indo-European), spoken in the Indian subcontinent.

What is the meaning of Dravida?

3) In simple terms, Dravida word in Sanskrit means a land surrounded by water (Drava) on three sides. Essentially any peninsula on planet Earth, becomes #Dravida by that definition. South India, Korea, Italy, Florida (USA) are all Dravida lands if you go by geography.

What is the origin of the name Dravidian?

The origin of the Sanskrit word drāviḍa is Tamil. In Prakrit, words such as “Damela”, “Dameda”, “Dhamila” and “Damila”, which later evolved from “Tamila”, could have been used to denote an ethnic identity. In the Sanskrit tradition the word drāviḍa was also used to denote the geographical region of South India.

What is the history of Dravidians?

It is believed by some linguists that the Dravidian people were well spread all across the Indian sub continent and it is because of this that the Indus Valley civilization (Harappa and Mohenjo Daro) is also referred to as a Dravidian civilization, but whether the Indus Valley civilization is Dravidian or not is still

Who started Dravidam?

The Dravidian movement in British India started with the formation of the Justice Party on 20 November 1916 in Victoria Public Hall in Madras by C. Natesa Mudaliar along with T. M. Nair and P. Theagaraya Chetty as a result of a series of non-Brahmin conferences and meetings in the presidency.

Is Dravida a Tamil word?

Since “Dravida” politics is the root cause of North South divide in India (failed in most part, but still some keep trying like Dravida Nadu), some thoughts about the word #Dravida 1) First of all the word Dravida is a Sanskrit word. It is not Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada etc..

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