Monday, January 14, 2013

Preliminary proposal for Nandinagari

I recently completed and submitted a proposal to encode the Nandinagari script in Unicode. Nandinagari is a Brahmi-based script that was used in southern India between the 8th and 19th centuries CE for producing manuscripts and inscriptions in Sanskrit in south Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It derives from the central group of Nagari scripts and is related to Devanagari. However, as shown by Saraju Rath and other scholars, Nandinagari is an independent script and cannot be considered a stylistic variant of Devanagari.


Therefore, there is a requirement for encoding Nandinagari in Unicode in order to support usage of the script. A community of scholars are working with Nandinagari, primarily in the preservation of manuscripts. The Sri Vadiraja Research Foundation, sponsored jointly by the National Mission for Manuscripts of the Government of India and the Puttige Math in Udupi, Karnataka has been working to preserve palm leaf manuscripts in Nandinagari from 2007 to the present. An encoding for Nandinagari in the UCS is essential for specialists and preservation projects.

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