Even though Dravidian languages are based on
a different model than Sanskrit, there are thirty to seventy percent Sanskrit words in
south Indian languages like Telugu and Tamil, which is a much higher percentage than north
Indian languages like Hindi.
In addition both North and South Indian languages have a
similar construction and phraseology which links them close together, that European
languages do not share.
This has caused
some linguists even to propose that Hindi was a Dravidian language. In short, the language
compartments, like the racial ones, are not as rigid as has been thought.
In fact if we examine the oldest Vedic Sanskrit, we find similar sounds to Dravidian
languages (the cerebral letters, for example), which are not present in other
Indo-European tongues. This shows either that there already were Dravidians in the same
region as the Vedic people, and part of the same culture with them, or that Dravidian
languages could also have been early offshoots of Sanskrit, which was the theory of the
modern rishi, Sri Aurobindo. In addition the traditional inventor of the Dravidian
languages was said to have been Agastya, one of the most important rishis of the Rid Veda,
the oldest Sanskrit text. The oldest forms of Dravidian languages are written in Brahmi,
the script for Sanskrit, and contain much influence of Sanskrit as well.