The main languages spoken in Andhra Pradesh are Telugu, Urdu, Hindi, Banjara, and English followed by Tamil, Kannada, Marathi and Oriya. Telugu is the principal and official language of the State. It was also referred to as `Tenugu' in the past. `Andhra' is the name given to it since the medieval times. Telugu is the most widely spoken language amongst those using the Brahmi script. These comprise the languages of south India (Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tulu and others such as Sinhala (spoken in SriLanka)and languages spoken in South East Asia such as Burmese, Thai andCambodian) In terms of population, Telugu ranks second to Hindi among the Indian languages. According to the 1981 Census, Telugu is spoken by over 60 million in Andhra Pradesh.
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