Telugu is the fastest growing language in the US, says a study by an American think tank.
The number of US residents speaking Telugu rose by 86 per cent between 2010 and 2017, according to an online video by the World Economic Forum.
But Telugu, the fourth most spoken language in India, is still outside the top 20 of the most widely-spoken languages other than English in the US, reports the BBC.
The video referred to a study by the US-based Centre for Immigration, which analysed census data to look at the pace at which languages were being spoken in America.
Telugu Language Day
Telugus celebrate 29th of August as Telugu Language Day every year coinciding with the birthday of Gidugu Venkata Ramamurthy, a revered Telugu poet.
The day is celebrated with aplomb across the state aided by funds doled out by the Andhra Pradesh state government.
The government also presents awards to deserving personalities from different domains acknowledging their contribution in the spread and betterment of the Telugu language.
Research in the USA
The study on languages spoken in the US used data from the American Community Survey and compared the number of people who said they spoke a language other than English at home in 2010 and 2017, the BBC said.
Rise of the Telugu People Foundation
Last year there were more than 400,000 Telugu speakers in the US – nearly double the number in 2010.
Out of the top 10 fastest-growing languages in America, seven are from South Asia.
The rise of Telugu was connected to the links forged between Hyderabad and the US engineering and technology industries, Prasad Kunisetty, founder of the Telugu People Foundation, a non-profit organisation in the US, was quoted as saying.
The rapid growth of IT in the mid-1990s led to a huge demand for software engineers, he said. Many were recruited from Hyderabad, which sends students to the US in large numbers.
Down the years, Telugu-speaking Americans have continued to hire software engineers from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the BBC said.