Jan 11, 2007

Modi Script writings of Marathi language

Marathi is a dominant language spoken in Mumbai. Currently it's script is called Devnagri.

In old days Marathi was written in Modi script-- a cursive script designed for minimising the lifting of pen from paper while writing in the ancient times. All writings of Maratha empire is in Modi script. However, with the advent of large-scale printing, Modi script fell out of favor, as it proved very difficult for type-setting.

The courts in the olden days also used Persian-influenced scripts under the influence of Muslim and Maratha rulers. This script looks like a mix of persian and gujurati scripts. It is still alive thanks to computer generated fonts and typesetting.
Perhaps this posting gives us one more thing to talk about with our parents and grand parents?