Uncover the remarkable story of Hermann Gundert, a German missionary who became a giant of the Malayalam language.

This documentary delves into Gundert’s life, from his arrival in India to his profound impact on Malayalam. Witness his transformation from a missionary to a passionate linguist, dedicated to preserving and elevating the language.


The Father of the Malayalam Dictionary: Explore Gundert’s monumental achievement – compiling the first comprehensive Malayalam-English dictionary, a cornerstone of the language even today.

Beyond the Dictionary: Discover Gundert’s diverse contributions – publishing the first Malayalam newspaper, writing the first major grammar book, and introducing punctuation marks.

A Life Intertwined with Kerala: Witness Gundert’s immersion in the local culture, his love for the language, and the lasting legacy he left behind.

From Missionary to Champion: Understand Gundert’s complex role, navigating faith and cultural understanding, ultimately becoming a champion of Malayalam heritage.

This documentary is a must-watch for anyone interested in:

Language and linguistics: See how one person’s dedication can shape a language’s future.

Cultural exchange: Explore the fascinating interaction between Western and Indian cultures.

Kerala’s history: Gain insights into a pivotal figure who shaped the literary landscape of Kerala.

Don’t miss this captivating journey into the life and legacy of Hermann Gundert, the man who gave Malayalam a voice on the world stage.

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