Brahmi Script Book
“The Indian Alphabet is a marvellous and magnificent phenomenon quite unrivalled in the world. It presents a symmetrical combination of symbols designed by skilled grammarians to indicate various shades of sounds and is grouped in scientific order.” By Robert Needham Cust
Writing about Brahmi, Macdonell commented, “This is the alphabet which is recognized in Panini’s great Sanskrit grammar. It not only represents all the sounds of the Sanskrit language, but is arranged on a thoroughly scientific method, the simple vowels (short and long) coming first, then the diphthongs, and lastly the consonants in uniform groups according to the organs of speech with which they are pronounced. Thus the dental consonants appear together as ‘t’, ‘th’, ‘d’, ‘dh’, ‘n’ and the labials as ‘p’, ‘ph’, ‘b’, ‘bh’, ‘m’. We Europeans, on the other hand, 2500 years later, and in a scientific age, still employ an alphabet which is not only inadequate to represent all the sounds of our languages, but even preserve the random order in which vowel and consonants are jumbled
up as they were in the Greek adaption of the primitive Semitic arrangement of 3000 years ago.”
About the Authors:
ANKITA ROY, a graphic designer by profession, did her graduation in Graphic Design from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and
masters in Visual Communication from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. She is an avid nature lover and a budding ornithologist. Other than her professional commitments, she spends her time travelling through the uncharted.
MALAY MANDAL, an electrical engineer by accident, is smitten by his love for India and has been travelling across the length and breadth
of the country to discover and document the many myriad hues of our microcosmic natural and cultural heritage. He is also a photography enthusiast.
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