My exchange program will take place in the state of Karnataka where Kannada is the official and most widely spoken language.
While the official language of the Republic of India is Hindi (with English as a subsidiary official language extensively used in business and administration), states can specify their own official language(s) through legislation. There are currently 22 scheduled languages.
Kannada is a Southern Dravidian language which is written using the Kannada script. It is predominantly spoken in the state of Karnataka and to a smaller extent in the neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Goa. The 2001 census recorded 38 million native Kannada speakers in India.