Tamil is a Dravidian language spoken
predominantly by Tamil people of the Indian subcontinent. It has official status in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu
and in the Indian union territory of Puducherry. Tamil is also an official language of Sri Lanka and Singapore. It
is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India and the first Indian language to be declared as a classical language
by the government of India in 2004. Tamil is also spoken by significant minorities in Malaysia and Mauritius as
well as emigrant communities around the world.