The Telugu script is also widely used for writing Sanskrit texts and to some extent the Gondi language. It gained prominence during the Eastern Chalukyas also known as Vengi Chalukya era. It shares extensive similarities with the Kannada script , as they both evolved from the Kadamba and Bhattiprolu scripts of the Brahmi family.
The Bhattiprolu Brahmi script evolved into the Kadamba script by the 5th century, which in turn developed into the Telugu-Kannada script (or 'Old Kannada script') in the 7th century. The Telugu and Kannada scripts then separated by around 1300 C.E. Over the centuries some changes have been made to the Kannada script. These changes consist of: