Thursday, February 14, 2013

Statue of Ferdinand Kittel

Ferdinand Kittel was a priest in a church at Southern India. As a missionary he arrived in India in 1853.


He undertook exhaustive studies learning the Kannada language, customs and local music. He is the author of  the first ever Kannada-English dictionary of about 70,000 words released in 1894. He also composed numerous Kannada poems. He also wrote a book on Kannada grammar.


At Bangalore, a  statue on the Mahatma Gandhi road commemorates him.

29 comments:

rupam sarma said...

Nice post.

R Niranjan Das said...

Interesting info about him.

www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.in

Vineeta Yashswi said...

very informative...

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

These missionaries were really industrious & hard working. An amazing achievement to create Kannada dictionary & compose Kannada poems !

ladyfi said...

Nice statue!

Nisha said...

itz a well designed statue...thx for sharing

Mama Zen said...

Very cool!

HansHB said...

Nice post for the theme!

Sridharan said...

interesting..

Sylvia K said...

Great statue of a very admirable man! Lovely pale skies for the day as well! Hope you have a great weekend, Rajesh!

The Write Girl said...

That is a wonderful statue and tribute to Ferdinand Kittel. Thanks for sharing his story.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

So interesting that a missionary would immerse themselves in the language culture.

Jim said...

Marvellous statue.
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LifeRamblings said...

such an imposing statue.

shooting star said...

nice to know about such scholars..

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Steffi said...

Very beautiful photo for SWF,Rajesh.Impressive statue!Thank you for it and have a nice weekend!

Jeevan said...

Really so great knowing about him!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Sounds like a good guest in your country who appreciated the local culture and customs.

afanja said...

Great shot of the statue mr. Kittel.
Thanks for the information about him.

Carver said...

Interesting post and statue.

Annemor said...

I like this post.
Nice to getting to know more og the huge land's story.
Have a nice evening.
Mormor

Lowell said...

Sounds like a smart man. And this is a nice statue!

Pietro said...

Interesting to know about Ferdinand Kittel. Beautiful statue.

Kalyan P said...

simply beautifully captured shots...lovely!

sceneoftranquility said...

Nicely preserved statue.

Mridula said...

Next time I will try to go there when in Bangalore.

Chubby Chieque said...

I do love India surprises! So much to relate and I really appreciate for the educational information.

Happy SSS2, Rajesh.

Hugs from Stockholm,
/CC girl

Rajesh said...

Thank you all.

MyMaracas said...

And he is smiling! Most statues are so serious. He must have been a pleasure to know.