Jun 16, 2024, 09:33 PM IST

This Indian language reads the same forward and backward

Shweta Singh

The name "Malayalam" itself is a palindrome, meaning it reads the same forward and backward. This is unique among languages.

Malayalam is primarily spoken in the Indian state of Kerala and the union territories of Lakshadweep and Puducherry (Mahé district).

It belongs to the Dravidian language family, which also includes Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada, among others.

Malayalam uses its own script, which evolved from the ancient Grantha script, known for its round and curvaceous letters.

Malayalam boasts a rich literary tradition, with contributions to poetry, drama, fiction, and essays, spanning classical to modern works.

The language is integral to Kerala's cultural identity, used in art forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, and diverse musical traditions.

Malayalam is one of India's 22 scheduled languages, recognized by the Constitution and is the official language of Kerala state.

Malayalam media, including newspapers, TV channels, and films, significantly influence Kerala's cultural and social life, with the film industry known for quality and innovation.