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‘Dreaming of Words’ One man’s charming obsession with South Indian languages – Bird Eye Review Show Series 2 Episode 6 (video)

If you are fascinated by Indian languages…and even if you aren’t

INDIA has a multiplicity of languages – and while South Indian tongues are related – they are also quite different.
Despite being derived from Tamil – Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu have significant differences and this documentary looks at a man who has dedicated his life to these languages and what makes them both similar and different.
But Njattyella Sreedharan is no academic – just an ordinary everyman who started to explore the subject and became an expert. He didn’t get any funding and eventually had enough material to get a dictionary published. This documentary recognises his achievements and talks to people who appreciate the scale of his task.
A beautiful documentary and a fascinating subject – but what did Nat make of it all…
As you know, our Nat is learning Hindi – so we throw that into the mix and her take on this documentary and what do the languages tell us about the culture of the South, if anything…
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A Big Talent Media Production for asianculturevulture
Presenter/Editor: Natalie Barrass (
Extra script: Roy Daniel D’Silva

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