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Dreaming of Words

Dreaming of Words had its world premiere at the International Mother Language Day celebrations organized by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and the Ministry of Education (India) in partnership with UNESCO.

This documentary film is about 84-year-old Njattyela Sreedharan, an Indian grade school dropout who compiled a dictionary connecting four major Dravidian languages. Traveling across India and doing extensive research, he spent 25 years making the multilingual dictionary. This unique dictionary offers a comparative study of Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu. Dreaming of Words traces Sreedharan’s life, work, love for languages, and struggles to get the dictionary published. The film also explores the linguistic and cultural diversity in India.
The film was an official selection at the DC South Asian Film Festival, RapidLion Film Festival, and Micheaux Film Festival. It won the Kerala State Television Award for Best Educational Documentary.

It has been screened at the annual convention of the Modern Language Association and the annual conference of the Linguistic Society of America.
The trailer can be viewed at

The film is now streaming on the following OTT platforms:
ABC Talkies—

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