Koya is a Dravidian language spoken by about 300,000 people in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Oryssa. The language is also known as Kavor, Kaya, Koa, Koi, Koi Gondi, Koitar, Koyato, Koyi and Raj Koya.
The Koya claim their origin from the pandavas of the epic Mahabharata, especially the lord Bhima. When the pandava brothers were in exile, Bhima went hunting in the jungle and met a wild woman of the woods and subsequently got married. The fruit of the union was the Koya people. There are other legends connected with their origin.
The literacy rate among the Koya is extremely low and formal education is not favored. Usually boys study up to secondary level and girls continue only to primary level. They drop out because they have to work to support their families.
This is a script for Koya devised by Professor Prasanna Sree.
Information provided by Professor Prasanna Sree of Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
Information about the Koya language and people