Kannada (/ˈkɑːnədə, ˈkæn-/;ಕನ್ನಡ, [ˈkɐnːɐɖa]) is a Dravidian language spoken predominantly by the people of Karnataka in the Deccan Plateau, a landmass occupying much of the southern and central portions of the Indian subcontinent. Kannada had roughly 56.9 million speakers as of India's 2011 Census, but has a turbulent history extending for over a millennium. Kannada speakers have ruled many of India's most vibrant and powerful polities, including Vijayanagara, a city larger even than Paris in the 16th century. Old Kannada was used to articulate political, social, and religious ideas, and reveals sophisticated literary and aesthetic develpments. Today, Kannada remains one of India's most important languages as the official and administrative language of the state of Karnataka, and retains a thriving popular culture
Associate Fellow at the Takshashila Institution
Anirudh Kanisetti is a researcher focussed on making the complexity of ancient and medieval South Asia accessible to general audiences. His work on technology and society has been published by a number of major Indian publications; his work as a history podcaster has been featured by The New Indian Express and The Hindu. Coming from a geopolitics and policy background at The Takshashila Institution, Anirudh will begin a history postgraduate programme at SOAS London this year, where he hopes to study the history of the Deccan using new perspectives and tools.
MS student in Computational Sciences, George Mason University
Jajwalya is a Computational Sciences graduate student at George Mason University. Her experience includes working with the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., as a Data Science intern, where she performed the Text Analysis of Photograph Conservation records in the NGA’s CSpace database for materials used in restoration of artworks over 30 years for Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow project with Voyant Tools along with Python packages for Named Entity Recognition and Word Sense Disambiguation. As a Digital Humanities Specialist at the Digital Scholarship Center Lab she has conducted “Text Analysis of Classical Physics texts with R” Workshops and reviewed Text Analysis of Black Lives Matter corpus on Proquest TDM with Python. She is preparing a publication on the pattern recognition of undeciphered languages like Linear A with Knowledge Mining, Machine Learning, NLP techniques using n-gram analysis, summarization, prediction, Zipf Law, Entropy analysis, Word Embedding with Word2Vec and Cosine Similarity, as well as Topic Modeling with Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) analysis. Jaj’s research interests include visualizing and agent-based modeling simulating the Ancient Silk Route, recognizing bias in imbalanced socio-cultural-historical data, and South Asian textiles metadata analysis from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is a part of the ACH Mentorship Working Group and DHNow as Editor-At-Large.