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Aadarsha Ratne Font-Set

"Bangla Ratne font-set is a derivation of Aadarsha Ratne font-set. Aadarsha as well as Bangla Ratne font-set is World's first 32-bit True Type Assamese, Bengali or Manipuri Font-Set that supports all type of "juktkshyar". Right now Bangla Ratne and Bangla Lata font-sets are available. "Seems like a commercial site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Abhijit Das
[bwedit--a Bengali text editor]

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Abhijit Das

Download free Bengali PostScript fonts. Also includes software for using Bengali in TEX and has Bengali X11 screen fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

aczone

ItxBeng (Bengali, 1997), ItxGuj (Gujarathi, 1997, by Shrikrishna Patil), NCS_CSX+ (URW's Sanskrit, 1994), Xdvng (1997). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex M. Davidov

Designer of some Kyrghyz typefaces such as Kyrghyz-AdverGothic, Kyrghyz-Antiqua, Kyrghyz-Avalon, Kyrghyz-Baltica, Kyrghyz-Bengaly, Kyrghyz-Century, Kyrghyz-FreeSet, Kyrghyz-Letterica, Kyrghyz-Times.

This old download link has further Kyrghyz fonts, including Kyrgyzfnt, MenchikMemo, MenchikOn, MenchikStyle, MenchikUno, MenchikText. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alphabetum
[Juan-José Marcos García]

Juan-José Marcos García (b. Salamanca, Spain, 1963) is a professor of classics at the University of Plasencia in Spain. He has developed one of the most complete Unicode fonts named ALPHABETUM Unicode for linguistics and classical languages (classical&medieval Latin, ancient Greek, Etruscan, Oscan, Umbrian, Faliscan, Messapic, Picene, Iberic, Celtiberic, Gothic, Runic, Modern Greek, Cyrillic, Devanagari-based languages, Old&Middle English, Hebrew, Sanskrit, IPA, Ogham, Ugaritic, Old Persian, Old Church Slavonic, Brahmi, Glagolitic, Ogham, ancient Greek Avestan, Kharoshti, Old Norse, Old Icelandic, Old Danish and Old Nordic in general, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Phoenician, Cypriot, Linear B with plans for Glagolitic). This font has over 5000 glyphs, and contains most characters that concern classicists (rare symbols, signs for metrics, epigraphical symbols, "Saxon" typeface for Old English, etcetera). A demo font can be downloaded [see also Lucius Hartmann's place]. His Greek font Grammata (2002) is now called Ellenike.

He also created a package of fonts for Latin paleography (medieval handwriting on parchments): Capitalis Elegans, Capitalis Rustica, Capitalis Monumentalis, Antiqua Cursiva Romana, Nova Cursiva Romana (2014), Uncialis, Semiuncialis, Beneventana Minuscula, Visigothica Minuscula, Luxoviensis Minuscula, Insularis Minuscula, Insularis Majuscula, Carolingia Minuscula, Gothica Textura Quadrata, Gothica Textura Prescissa, Gothica Rotunda, Gothica Bastarda, Gothica Cursiva, Bastarda Anglicana (2014) and Humanistica Antiqua. PDF entitled Fonts For Latin Palaeography (2008-2014), in which Marcos gives an enjoyable historic overview.

Alphabetum is not Marcos's only excursion into type design. In 2011, he created two simulation fonts called Sefarad and Al Andalus which imitate Hebrew and Arabic calligraphy, respectively.

Cyrillic OCS (2012) is a pair of Latin fonts that emulate Old Church Slavonic (old Cyrillic).

In 2013, he created Cuneus, a cuneiform simulation typeface.

Paleographic fonts for Greek (2014) has ten fonts designed by Marcos: Angular Uncial, Biblical Uncial, Coptic Uncial, Papyrus Uncial, Round Uncial, Slavonic Uncial, Sloping Uncial, Minuscule IX, Minuscule XI and Minuscule XV. These fonts are representative of the main styles of Greek handwriting used during the Classical World and Middle Ages on papyrus and parchments. There is also a short manual of Greek Paleography (71 pages) which explains the development of Greek handwriting from the fourth century B.C. to the invention of printing with movable type in the middle of the fifteenth A.D. He wrote a text book entitled History of Greek Typography: From the Invention of Printing to the Digital Age (in Spanish). See also here and here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alpona Portal

Alpona Portal is a Bengali information research portal. They have been researching the Bengali script for some time. They are also working on Bengali typography since 1998. There are free fonts for Bengali to download such as Boishakhi (2002). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ananda Computers
[Mustafa Jabbar]

At Ananda Computers in Dhaka, Mustafa Jabbar made SutonnyMJ (1998) and SutonnyP (1998), two Bangla fonts. In 1999, he created the Bengali font RinkiyMJ which can be found here and here. Sutonny download. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew Glass

Andrew Glass is a paleography expert who obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Washington in 2006. His links and downloadable fonts for various Indic languages include Gandhari Unicode, Devanagari Unicode, Bengali Unicode, Kharoshti Unicode, Rhino Kharoshti, and Times Gandhari CSX. The Gandhari Unicode fonts are based on an original Postscript font called "Nimbus Roman No9 L" created by URW++ Design and Development Incorporated and donated to the free software community under the GNU General Public License. The Nimbus Roman No9 L font is itself based on the design for Times New Roman by Stanley Morison. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anisur Rahman

Sgaon or Sonar Gaon is a Bangla font designed by Anisur Rahman from Milwaukee, WI, in the early 1990s. From the designer: "The Bangla font sgaon is a HP Laserjet softfont. In this implementation, the softfonts are converted to PostScript and the groff fonts are also generated from the Adobe Font Metrics, encoding, and map files." [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anshuman Pandey

Anshuman Pandey (University of Washington, Seattle) made a Bengali METAFONT. He also created wnri, a METAFONT set of fonts for Old English, Indic languages in transcription, and American Indian languages. The Washington Romanized (WNRI) Indic package enables texts encoded in the 8-bit Classical Sanskrit/Classical Sanskrit eXtended (CS/CSX) encoding to be typeset in \TeX{} without modification of the input scheme. Pandey also developed a LaTeX package for Gurmukhi/Punjabi, which uses a metafont he generated (with permission) from Hardip Singh Pannu's Punjabi truetype font.

Frans Velthuis (Groningen University) developed a Devanagari Metafont in 1991, which is on the CTAN archive. Later, Anshuman Pandey took over the maintenance of font. Primoz Peterlin made type 1 outlines based on this. These outline renderings (Type 1) were automatically converted from METAFONT by Peter Szabo's TeXtrace, and subsequently edited using George Williams' PfaEdit PostScript font editor by Anshuman Pandey (University of Washington). In 2003-2004, additional updates in the set of 22 Metafont files are due to Kevin Carmody, who presently maintains the package. The font names: TeX-dvng10, TeX-dvng9, TeX-dvng8. These were later changed to VelthuisDevanagari8-Regular, VelthuisDevanagari9-Regular and VelthuisDevanagari10-Regular. This font was used in the GNU freefont project for the Devanagari range (U+0900-U+097F). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anupam

Free truetype fonts (ISFOG family) for Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Gujarati, Tamil, Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Oriya. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anvesh Dunna

Mumbai-based creator of IDC Screen Bangla (2012), a Bengali script developed for a Masters project. [Google] [More]  ⦿

arosgn2.1
[Muhammad Masroor Ali]

Muhammad Masroor Ali's Bengali metafont. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ascender Corporation

Elk Grove Village, IL-based company established in 2004, which specializes in font development, licensing and IP protection. It rose from the ashes of a major fire at Agfa/Monotype at the end of 2003. Its founders are Steve Matteson (type designer, formerly with Agfa/Monotype), Thomas Rickner (of Microsoft fame, where he hinted many Microsoft families), Ira Mirochnick (founder and President of Monotype Typography Inc in 1989 (where he was until 2000) and a Senior Vice President and director of Agfa Monotype Corporation (2000-2003), a self-proclaimed expert in font licensing issues and IP protection), and Bill Davis (most recently the Vice President of Marketing for Agfa Monotype). Also included in this group are Josh Hadley, Brian Kraimer, Jim Ford (since 2005), and Jeff Finger (as Chief Research Scientist, since 2006). On December 8, 2010, Ascender was acquired by Monotype for 10.2 million dollars.

Their typefaces include Endurance (2004, Steve Matteson, an "industrial strength" Grotesk designed to compete with Helvetica and Arial; it supports Greek, Cyrillic and East European languages).

In April 2005, Ascender announced that it would start selling the Microsoft font collection, which is possibly their most popular collection to date. They also started selling and licensing IBM's Heisei family of Japanese fonts in April 2005: Heisei Kaku Gothic, Heisei Maru Gothic and Heisei Mincho. Also in 2005, they started distributing Y&Y's Lucida family.

In October 2005, Ascender announced the development of Convection, a font used for Xbox 360 video games. Their South Asian fonts cover Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu, and include Ascender Uni, Ascender UniDuo and Arial Unicode for general use across all Indic languages, and, in particular, the Microsoft fonts Vrinda (Bengali), Mangal (Devanagari), Shruti (Gujarati), Raavi (Gurmukhi), Tunga (Kannada), Kartika (Malayalam), Latha (Tamil) and Gautami (Telugu). Khmer SBBIC (2011) is a Khmer font at Open Font Library.

It does more type trading and licensing than type creation, although Steve Matteson has contributed fairly well to their new typefaces. Their brand value took a hit when they started selling scrapbook, handwriting and wedding fonts under the name FontMarketplace.com.

Recent contributions: Crestwood (2006, a house face, possibly by Steve Matteson) is an updated version of an elegant semi-formal script typeface originally released by the Ludlow Type Foundry in 1937.

In 2009, they started a subpage called GoudyFonts.Com to sell their Goudy revivals.

In 2010, they announced a new collection of OpenType fonts created specifically for use in Microsoft Office 2010: Comic Sans 2010 (including new italic and bold italic fonts), Trebuchet 2010 (including new black&black italic fonts), Impact 2010, Pokerface 2010, Rebekah 2010 and Rebus Script 2010. Ligatures in Comic Sans?

New releases.

View Ascender's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Avinash Chopde
[itrans]

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Bangla Font for Orientation

A free Bangla truetype font, Darshan. Designed by Shamim Shahriar (DRIK). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bangla Font&Software Resources

Long list of links and downloads of Bangla fonts, maintained by Rezaul Karim. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bangtex
[Palash Baran Pal]

Bangtex is a package for typesetting documents in Bangla and Assamese using the Tex/Latex systems, developed by Calcutta-based Palash Baran Pal, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Calcutta. It includes a metafont family. See also here. Designer of the free Unicode-based Bengali font Akaash (2003), which can be found here and here. The latter font is part of a free Bengali font effort by the FreeFonts Project. Akaash is co-produced by Sayamindu Dasgupta. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bengali Font Download&Installation

Two free Bengali fonts here on Sanhita Mallick's page (Sanhita studied at the University of Tokyo!). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bengali Opentype Fonts

Free Bengali truetype and Opentype fonts: HortukiNormal, JamrulNormal, LikhanNormal, muktinarrow, SantipurOT. The first three are by Deepayan Sarkar. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bengali truetype Fonts
[T.K.Ganguly]

Vendors of Bengali truetype fonts, including an Indian Symbol Font, Tomal-n, Tomal-e, Rosogolla, Sandesh, Pantua, Sagar-n, Sagar-c, Sagar-e, Sagar-l, Krishna-n, Krishna-c, Krishna-e, Namita-n, Namita-c, Namita-e, Tulsi-n, Tulsi-c, Tulsi-e, Tushar-n, Tushar-c, Tushar-e, Durga-n, Durga-c, Durga-e, Durga-l, Shapna-n, Shapna-c, Shapna-e, Ganga-n, Ganga-c, Ganga-e. The creator is T.K. Ganguly. [Google] [More]  ⦿

BFUG: Bengali font users group

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Bharat Lipi

Site where one can download Bangla (Unicode) and Utkal (Unicode font by Andy White for Oriya). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brahmasutra

Site with fonts representing all Indic scripts (all made by C-DAC, Pune): AS-TTDurga-Normal, BN-TTDurga-Normal, DV1-TTYogesh-Normal, DV-TTYogesh-Normal, GJ-TTAvantika-Normal, KN-TTUma-Normal, ML-TTKarthika-Normal, OR-TTSarala-Normal, PN-TTAmar-Normal, TL-TTHemalatha-Normal, TM-TTValluvar-Normal. [Google] [More]  ⦿

bwedit--a Bengali text editor
[Abhijit Das]

Abhijit Das' web page. Guidance for Bengali fonts. A free Bengali text editor by him, dated 1999. Some links for PostScript and X11 bitmap fonts. A free Bengali to html filter, bn2html. Download two free type 1 fonts, Bengali and Bengali-Slanted. Abhijit Das is with the Department of Computer Science and Automation, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chateau de Taulignan

Hindi and Bengali fonts: KrutiDev020Bold, BN-TTBidisha-Bold, BN-TTBidisha-Italic, BN-TTBidisha-Normal, BN-TTBidisha-Bold-Italic, BN1-TTBidisha-Bold, BN1-TTBidisha-Italic, BN1-TTBidisha-Normal, BN1-TTBidisha-Bold-Italic. The BN series is by C-DAC, Pune. [Google] [More]  ⦿

cica (ftp)

Font archive at Swedish University Network SUNET, mirrored from cica. Has a Bengali font, a Telugu font, a Tamil font, a Tarot font, Sanskrit font and several Cyrillic fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cyberscape Multimedia Limited

Company in Mumbai (with offices in Bangalore) that made these Malayalam fonts: AkrutiMal1, AkrutiMal2 (2002). They also created the Kannada font LangscapeKndPadma. Here, you can download their Devanagari family Gargi, and their Gujarati font family Padmaa. They also made the well-known Akruti font family which can be downloaded here: AkrutiBng2Bold, AkrutiBng2Normal, AkrutiDev2Normal, AkrutiGuj1Normal, AkrutiGujL1Bold, AkrutiKnd1Bold, AkrutiKnd1Normal, AkrutiMal2Bold, AkrutiMal2Normal, AkrutiOri1Bold, AkrutiOri1Normal, AkrutiPnj2Bold, AkrutiPnj2Normal, AkrutiTlg2Bold, AkrutiTlg2Normal, AkrutiTml1Bold, AkrutiTml1Normal. These fonts cover Devanagari, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Oriya, and Gurumukhi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Debian Indic Fonts

Free Indic fonts that come with Debian:

  • Bengali: Ani (2002, by Anirban Mitra), JamrulNormal (2004, by Deepayan Sarkar), LikhanNormal (2003, Deepayan Sarkar), Lohit-Bengali (2003, Automatic Control Equipments, Pune), Mitra (2002), muktinarrow (2003, Mukta Bangla Font Project), muktinarrowbold (2003, Mukta Bangla Font Project).
  • Devanagari: Gargi_1.7 (2005, by Prof Jitendra Shah, IndicTrans Team; matching English glyphs by URW++, Cyrillic glyphs added by Valek Filippov in 2002), Lohit-Hindi (2003, Automatic Control Equipments, Pune).
  • Gujarati: aakar-MagNet (2003, by MagNet Web Publishing in Mumbai), Lohit-Gujarati (2001, Automatic Control Equipments, Pune), padmaa-Bold (2003, Cyberscape Multimedia in Bangalaore), padmaa-Medium (2003, Cyberscape Multimedia in Bangalaore), Rekha-medium (2003, by MagNet Web Publishing in Mumbai).
  • Kannada: Sampige.
  • Malayalam: malayalam, RachanaMedium (2004, by Hussain KH, and Chitrajan R (Rachana)).
  • Oriya: utkal (2003, Andy White and Rajesh Pradhan).
  • Punjabi: Lohit-Punjabi (2001, Automatic Control Equipments, Pune), Saab (2004, by Bhupinder Singh and Sukhjinder Sidhu). The Opentype version of Saab is here.
  • Tamil: Lohit-Tamil (2001, Automatic Control Equipments, Pune).
  • Telugu: Pothana2000 (2000-2005, by K. Desikachary), TAMu_Kadambri-Regular (1999, by Kamban Software), TAMu_Kalyani (1999, by Kamban Software), TAMu_Maduram (1999, by Kamban Software), TSCu_Comic (1999, by Tukalram Gopalrao), TSCu_Paranar-Bold (1999, by Tukalram Gopalrao), TSCu_Paranar-Italic (1999, by Tukalram Gopalrao), TSCu_Paranar (1999, by Tukalram Gopalrao), TSCu_Times (1999, by Tukalram Gopalrao), Vemana2000 (2005, by K. Desikachary).
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Deepayan Sarkar

Designer of the free Unicode-based Bengali font Likhan (2003), which can be found here. An OpenType version now also exists.

In 2004, he created Hortuki and Jamrul, which can be found here. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

DEPOTzNET

Organized font archive. Many subcategories including Party fonts, Holiday fonts, Balloons, Halloween, Christmas, screen fonts, phonetic fonts, African, Balinese, Bengali, Burmese, Cambodian, Croata-glagolitic, Cyrillic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Malayan, Nepali, Nko, runes, Tamil, Vietnamese. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dr. Anirban Mitra

Developer of the Bengali font "ani" (2002, also called Mukti Narrow), now also in OpenType, as well as the monospaced Bengali font, Mitra Mono. See also here. MultiNarrow is also here. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ekushey Bengali Typing System

Free software for typing Bengali, by Altruists International. From the developer, Robin Upton: "It is an add-in for Micro$oft Word 97/2000/XP, comes with three TTF's, is compatible with the most popular commercial packages, has a lot of extra features and should be a boon to anyone interested in Bengali." [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ekushey Unicode Based OpenType Bangla Fonts
[Omi Azad]

Free OpenType Bangla fonts created by Solaiman Karim, with the help of Omi Azad: Rupali (2002), SolaimanLipi (20030. Omi Azad has worked with Microsoft to help them develop Bengali OTF&Uniscribe Rendering engine for Bangla. He also tested the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator and currently testing the Microsoft Unicode Uniscribe Text Engine for Bangla&Microsoft Official OTF Bangla fonts. Other free fonts added in 2005: # Ekushey Sharifa, Ekushey Punarbhaba, Ekushey Sumit (see also here), Ekushey Durga, Ekushey Saraswatii, Ekushey Puja, Ekushey Azad, Ekushey Godhuli, Ekushey Mohua (see also here). Also available on this page is Likhan (Deepayan Sarkar ). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elmar Kniprath
[Indolipi]

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Elmar Kniprath
[Elmar's Indic]

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Elmar's Indic
[Elmar Kniprath]

A free package by Elmar Kniprath (2001) for writing Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Panjabi, Rajasthani, Sanskrit, Sinhalese, Tamil, Telugu and Latin transliteration. Fonts included are e-Asamiya, e-Bengali, e-Gujarati, e-IndicSerif-Bold, e-IndicSerif, e-Kannada, e-Latin, e-Malayalam, e-Nagari, e-Panjabi, e-Sinhala, e-Tamil, e-Telugu. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Faisal H. Khan
[Progoty]

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Fezyweb
[Somenath Sen]

Somenath Sen (Fezyweb, Calcutta, India) designed the connected script typeface The Handy (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fiona G.E. Ross

Dr Fiona Ross, is a typographic consultant, typeface designer, lecturer and author, specializing in non-Latin scripts. From 1978 to 1989, Fiona Ross worked for the British arm of Linotype, Linotype Limited, where she was responsible for the design of their non-Latin fonts and typesetting schemes, notably those using Arabic and Indic scripts such as Devanagari. Since 1989 she has worked as a consultant, author, lecturer, and type designer. In 2003 Fiona joined the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication at the University of Reading, England as a part-time sessional lecturer on non-Latin type. The Adobe Thai typefaces were commissioned to from Tiro Typeworks and collaboratively designed by Fiona Ross, John Hudson and Tim Holloway in 2004-2005 for use with Adobe Acrobat (production by Tiro Typeworks). Vodafone Hindi (2007, with Tim Holloway and John Hudson) won an award at TDC2 2008. Fiona holds a BA in German; a Postgraduate Diploma in Sanskrit and Pali; and a PhD in Indian Palaeography from SOAS (London University). Fiona Ross is the recipient of the 2014 SOTA Typography Award.

Bio at ATypI. Her books and/or essays:

  • The printed Bengali character and its evolution (1999, Curzon Press, Richmond, UK), reviewed by John Hudson.
  • Fiona's essay on Non-Latin Type Design at Linotype (2002).
  • Coauthor with Robert Banham of Non-Latin Typefaces at St Bride Library, London and Department of Typography&Graphic Communication, University of Reading (2008, London: St Bride Library).
Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin. Typographic picture by TDC.

Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Free Bangla Font Project

The Free Bangla Fonts Project is a volunteer project dedicated for creating Free, high quality, completely Unicode compliant Open Type Bengali fonts. There are four foci for now:

  • The Akaash set is being developed by Sayamindu Dasgupta. This set will have three OTFs, AkaashNormal, AkaashWide, and AkaashSlanted.
  • The Ani set is being developed by Dr. Anirban Mitra. It has two fonts, Ani and Mitra (monospaced).
  • Dr. Mitra is also developing the Mukti set of fonts (which uses the glyphs donated by Cyberscape Multimedia Limited, Mumbai). This set has MuktiRegular, MuktiBold, MuktiNarrow, and MuktiNarrowBold (2003). It also includes Mitra Mono (2002).
  • The Likhan set of fonts is being developed by Deepayan Sarkar: his fonts include Jamrul (2004) and Likhan (2003).
  • From Automatic Control Equipments, Pune, India, comes Lohit Bengali (2003).
Alternate URL. Yet another URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

FREELANG Fuentes

Spanish language site for various non-Latin language fonts. A sampling: Afus Deg Wfus 2 (for Berber), AlKatib1 (2001, an Arabic typeface by Naseem Amjad), Albanian, Alice_0 (Lao typeface by by Ngakham Southichack), LAOMAY_5 CHAREUNSILP (Lao typeface by by Soupasith Bouahom), Arial AMU (1999, Armenian typeface by Ruben Tarumian), BaltFrutigerLight, BaltHelveticaMedium, BaltNewCenturySchoolbookMedium, BaltOptimaMedium, BaltTiffanyMedium, BaltUniversityMedium, CarloAtor (1997, Arabic family by Timm Erickson, Summer Institute of Linguistics), Caligraf-W, Ciula (1996, a Romanian typeface by Paul Hodor), Cursiv (Romanian), AnlongvillKhek, GabrialAtor (another Arab family by Timm Erickson), Gin, Greek (1993, by Peter J. Gentry&Andrew M. Fountain), HandSign (1993, Sam Wang), HFMassisShantNUnicode (1990-1994, an Armenian unicode typeface by BYTEC Computers and Massis Graphics), HONGKAD (1994, a family by Dr. Hongkad Souvannavong), IsmarBold, IsmarLight, Lakshmi, X000000A (1994, a lao typeface by Sith Bouahom), LAOMAY_2-CHAREUNSILP, Alice3Medium, Alice0Medium, Langagedessignes (1998, by Philippe and François Blondel), NorKirk (1997, a great Armenian typeface by Ruben Tarumian), NovaTempo (for Esperanto), Pazmaveb (for Armenian), ILPRumanianB100 (1996, by Charles J. Coker), Saysettha-Lao, Saysettha-LaoBold, SenzorgaAnhok, Timok, Tribuno, Turn-W, TimesUnicode, ArialAMU, PoliceTypeAPI (for Armenian), Cieszyn-Regular, PoojaNormal, Shibolet (1995, Hebrew), Shree-Ass-0552 (2000, by Modular InfoTech), Tudor-Semi-Lite, Webdunia, TimesNRCzech, TNRLiboriusVII (2001, a fully accented Times typeface by Libor Sztemon), GreatMoravia (2001 Libor Sztemon, Czechia), Johaansi-ye-Peyravi (2001, a full accent blackletter typeface by Libor Sztemon, Czechia), TimesNREuskaraEuransiEsperanto (2001, Libor Sztemon). [Google] [More]  ⦿

FSF India

The free software foundation of India, in conjunction with Cyberscape Multimedia Limited, Bangalore (developers of Akruti Software for Indian Languages) have released a set of TTF fonts for nine Indian scripts (Devanagari, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Oriya, and Gurumukhi) under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Direct download page. Font names: AkrutiBng1Normal, AkrutiBng2Bold, AkrutiBng2Bold, AkrutiBng2Normal, AkrutiDev1Bold, AkrutiDev1Normal, AkrutiDev2Normal, AkrutiGuj1Bold, AkrutiGuj1Normal, AkrutiGuj2Bold, AkrutiGuj2Normal, AkrutiKnd1Bold, AkrutiKnd1Normal, AkrutiKnd2Bold, AkrutiKnd2Normal, AkrutiMal1Bold, AkrutiMal1Normal, AkrutiMal2Bold, AkrutiMal2Normal, AkrutiMal2Normal, AkrutiOri1Bold, AkrutiOri1Normal, AkrutiOri2Bold, AkrutiOri2Normal, AkrutiPnj1Bold, AkrutiPnj1Normal, AkrutiPnj2Bold, AkrutiPnj2Normal, AkrutiTlg1Bold, AkrutiTlg1Normal, AkrutiTlg2Bold, AkrutiTlg2Normal, AkrutiTml1Bold, AkrutiTml1Bold, AkrutiTml1Normal, AkrutiTml1Normal, AkrutiTml2Bold, AkrutiTml2Bold, AkrutiTml2Normal, AkrutiTml2Normal. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gamabhana Phonetics

Free fonts for Indic languages: Gautami, Mangal-Regular, Raavi, Shruti, and Ekushey Mohua (Bengali). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ghulam Farooque Ahmed

Designer of the Bangla fonts SulekhaT (1997) and Sunetra (1997). His company is called Computer Village. [Google] [More]  ⦿

GIST Downloads

This was a sub-site of C-DAC, India's main commercial font and language software maker. It used to have free Tibetan and Gujarati fonts. For a while, it offered commercial products for all Indic languages, including Tibetan and Nepali. Then, finally, it went the way of all big companies--unreadable pages with hard-to-find stuff, often hidden in PDF files. For good old times' sake, here are the font names (published as a courtesy to them--wish they would do this themselves): AS-Abhijit, AS-Amrut, AS-Arbindo, AS-Bidisha, AS-Bipin, AS-Debashish, AS-Durga, AS-Kaali, AS-Kailash, AS-Maya, AS-Mrinal, AS-Parshuram, AS-SantoshItalic, AS-Satyajit, AS-Savita, AS-Shyamal, AS-Sushmita, AS-Tagore, BN-Abhijit, BN-Amrut, BN-Arbindo, BN-Bidisha (see also here), BN-Bipin, BN-Debashish, BN-Durga, BN-Kaali, BN-Kailash, BN-Maya, BN-Mrinal, BN-Parshuram, BN-Santosh, BN-Satyajit, BN-Savita, BN-Shyamal, BN-Sushmita, BN-Tagore, DR-Kunzang, DV-Aakash, DV-Aishwarya, DV-Ajay, DV-Akshar, DV-Alankar, DV-Amruta, DV-Aniket, DV-Anjali, DV-Basant, DV-Bhargav, DV-Bhima, DV-Brinda, DV-Chhaya, DV-Devendra, DV-Dhruv, DV-Diwakar, DV-Gandhar, DV-Ganesh, DV-Hemant, DV-Jamuna, DV-Jayesh, DV-Jivan, DV-Kartik, DV-Kishor, DV-Latika, DV-Madhu, DV-Makarand, DV-Manisha, DV-Manohar, DV-Mayur, DV-Megha, DV-Meghadoot) def, DV-Mohini, DV-Nandan, DV-Natraj, DV-Ninad, DV-Nisha, DV-Prakash, DV-Pramod, DV-Preetam, DV-Purva, DV-Radhika, DV-Raghav, DV-Rahul, DV-Rajashri, DV-Rakesh, DV-Raman, DV-Ranjita, DV-Rohini, DV-Sachin, DV-Sagar, DV-Sajan, DV-Samata, DV-Samir, DV-Sanket, DV-Shalaka, DV-Sharad, DV-Shefali, DV-Shishir, DV-Shital, DV-Shridhar, DV-Shrikant, DV-Subodh, DV-Sumeet, DV-Surekh, DV-Surkhiyan, DV-Sushil, DV-Swapnil, DV-Swaraj, DV-Vallabh, DV-Varun, DV-Vasuki, DV-Vasundhara, DV-Vijay, DV-Vimal, DV-Vinit, DV-Vishakha, DV-Yamini, DV-Yogesh, DV-Yogesh, GJ-Anamika, GJ-Anand, GJ-Avantika, GJ-Balram, GJ-Bela, GJ-Chitra, GJ-Damodar, GJ-Devaki, GJ-Dinakar, GJ-Dwarika, GJ-Dynamic, GJ-Gagan, GJ-Gopika, GJ-Kalpana, GJ-Kamini, GJ-Kanoj, GJ-Kapila, GJ-Kaumudi, GJ-Keshav, GJ-Kirit, GJ-Kishan, GJ-Krishna, GJ-Krishna, GJ-Kusum, GJ-Madan, GJ-Manasi, GJ-Mangal, GJ-Mira, GJ-Mohan, GJ-Mukul, GJ-Nayan, GJ-Nirmal, GJ-Piyush, GJ-Prabha, GJ-Pratik, GJ-Purnima, GJ-Radhey, GJ-Ritesh, GJ-Rohini, GJ-Rohit, GJ-Sabarmati, GJ-Sandeep, GJ-Shila, GJ-Shreedeep, GJ-Shrinath, GJ-Snigdha, GJ-Sucheta, GJ-Sujit, GJ-Swati, GJ-Taapi, GJ-Tara, GJ-Vidya, GJ-Yashoda, ISFOC-BR1, ISFOC-BR2, ISFOC-BR3, ISFOC-BR7, ISFOC-BR8, KN-Basava, KN-Bharat, KN-Brindavan, KN-Chinmaya, KN-Kamala, KN-Kamanna, KN-Kasturi, KN-Kaveri, KN-Nandi, KN-Padmini, KN-Pampa, KN-Pankaj, KN-Radhey, KN-Ragini, KN-Rajani, KN-Rajeshwari, KN-Ranna, KN-Seema, KN-Seema-Light, KN-Seema, KN-Seeta, KN-Shankar, KN-Shravan, KN-Smita, KN-Sumitra, KN-Uma, KN-Vatapi, ML-Aathira, ML-Ambili, ML-Anakha, ML-Anjali, ML-Aparna, ML-Ashtamudi, ML-Aswathi, ML-Atchu, ML-AyilyamBold, ML-BeckalBold, ML-Bhavana, ML-Chandrika, ML-Chithira, ML-Devika, ML-Gauri, ML-Geethika, ML-Gopika, ML-Guruvayur, ML-Indulekha, ML-Jaya, ML-Jyothy, ML-Jyotsna, ML-Kala, ML-Kamini, ML-Kanika, ML-Karthika, ML-Kaumudi, ML-Keerthi, ML-Leela, ML-Malavika, ML-Mammiyoor, ML-Mayoori, ML-Nalini, ML-Nandini, ML-Nanditha, ML-Nila, ML-Onam, ML-Periyar, ML-Pooram, ML-Poornima, ML-Ravivarma, ML-Revathi, ML-Rohini, ML-Sabari, ML-Sankara, ML-Sarada, ML-Sruthy, ML-Sugatha, ML-Suparna, ML-Surya, ML-SwathyBold, ML-Thakazhi, ML-Theyyam, ML-Thiruvathira, ML-Thunchan, ML-Vaisali, ML-Varsha, ML-Vinay, ML-Visakham, ML-Vishu, ML-Yashasri, PN-Amar, PN-Baisakhi, PN-Baljit, PN-Bishan, PN-Chandra, PN-Chetan, PN-Deeler, PN-Dipak, PN-Gurudev, PN-Hira, PN-Jasbir, PN-Jasjit, PN-Jaspal, PN-Jeevan, PN-Joginder, PN-Kanvaljit, PN-Kapil, PN-Karan, PN-Karishma, PN-Kavita, PN-Komal, PN-Manjit, PN-Nanak, PN-Nitu, PN-Pratap, PN-Randhir, PN-Satabir, PN-Sonam, PN-Sukhabir, PN-Sushil, SD-Natraj, SD-Surekh, SH-Harmony, SH-Namal, SY25-Election, SY30-Jain, SY31-Mudras, SY32-Music, TB-Youtso (for Tibetan), TB1-Youtso, TL-Amma, TL-Anuradha, TL-Atreya, TL-Charminar, TL-Godavari, TL-Gurazada-BoIdItalic, TL-Harshapriya, TL-Hemalatha, TL-Krishna, TL-Nannaya, TL-Pratima, TL-Rayancha, TL-Tanmayi, TL-Tikkana, TL-Vennela, TL-Vishaka, TM-Abhirami, TM-Amala, TM-Appar, TM-Archana, TM-Aruna, TM-Arunagiri, TM-Avvai, TM-Bharathi, TM-Chanakya, TM-Chandra, TM-Chetan, TM-Chitra, TM-Gopur, TM-Heena, TM-Hema, TM-Ilango, TM-Kalyani, TM-Kamal, TM-Kamban, TM-Kannadasan, TM-Kapilan, TM-Komala, TM-Krishna, TM-Lalitha, TM-Lathika, TM-Madhu, TM-Madhuram, TM-Nakkeran, TM-Nambi, TM-Neha, TM-Padma, TM-Pattinathar, TM-Poornima, TM-Poovai, TM-Radhika, TM-Rajarajan, TM-Rama, TM-Ramiya, TM-Ratna, TM-Ravindra, TM-Rekha, TM-Seema, TM-Shiva, TM-Sudhir, TM-Swetha, TM-Umesh, TM-Valluvar, TM-Vaman, TM-Venu, TM-Virendra, Tarpobane-Black. [Google] [More]  ⦿

GNU Freefont (or: Free UCS Outline Fonts)
[Steve White]

The GNU Freefont is continuously being updated to become a large useful Unicode monster. GNU FreeFont is a free family of scalable outline fonts, suitable for general use on computers and for desktop publishing. It is Unicode-encoded for compatability with all modern operating systems. There are serif, Sans and Mono subfamilies. Also called the "Free UCS Outline Fonts", this project is part of the larger Free Software Foundation. Scans: FreeMono, FreeMonoBold, FreeMonoBoldOblique, FreeMonoOblique, FreeSans, FreeSansBold, FreeSansBoldOblique, FreeSansOblique, FreeSerif, FreeSerifBold, FreeSerifBoldItalic, FreeSerifItalic. The original head honcho was Primoz Peterlin, the coordinator at the Institute of Biophysics of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2008, Steve White took over. Participants and credits, as of the end of 2010, with Unicode range responsibilities:

  • URW++ Design&Development GmbH. URW++ donated a set of 35 core PostScript Type 1 fonts to the Ghostscript project.
    • Basic Latin (U+0041-U+007A)
    • Latin-1 Supplement (U+00C0-U+00FF)
    • Latin Extended-A (U+0100-U+017F)
    • Spacing Modifier Letters (U+02B0-U+02FF)
    • Mathematical Operators (U+2200-U+22FF)
    • Block Elements (U+2580-U+259F)
    • Dingbats (U+2700-U+27BF)
  • Yannis Haralambous and John Plaice. Yannis Haralambous and John Plaice are the authors of Omega typesetting system, which is an extension of TeX. Its first release, aims primarily at improving TeX's multilingual abilities. In Omega all characters and pointers into data-structures are 16-bit wide, instead of 8-bit, thereby eliminating many of the trivial limitations of TeX. Omega also allows multiple input and output character sets, and uses programmable filters to translate from one encoding to another, to perform contextual analysis, etc. Internally, Omega uses the universal 16-bit Unicode standard character set, based on ISO-10646. These improvements not only make it a lot easier for TeX users to cope with multiple or complex languages, like Arabic, Indic, Khmer, Chinese, Japanese or Korean, in one document, but will also form the basis for future developments in other areas, such as native color support and hypertext features. ... Fonts for UT1 (omlgc family) and UT2 (omah family) are under development: these fonts are in PostScript format and visually close to Times and Helvetica font families.
    • Latin Extended-B (U+0180-U+024F)
    • IPA Extensions (U+0250-U+02AF)
    • Greek (U+0370-U+03FF)
    • Armenian (U+0530-U+058F)
    • Hebrew (U+0590-U+05FF)
    • Arabic (U+0600-U+06FF)
    • Currency Symbols (U+20A0-U+20CF)
    • Arabic Presentation Forms-A (U+FB50-U+FDFF)
    • Arabic Presentation Forms-B (U+FE70-U+FEFF)
  • Yannis Haralambous and Wellcome Institute. In 1994, The Wellcome Library The Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, England, commissioned Mr. Haralambous to produce a Sinhalese font for them. We have received 03/09 official notice from Robert Kiley, Head of e-Strategy for the Wellcome Library, that Yannis' font could be included in GNU FreeFont under its GNU license: Sinhala (U+0D80-U+0DFF).
  • Young U. Ryu at the University of Texas at Dallas is the author of Txfonts, a set of mathematical symbols designed to accompany text typeset in Times or its variants. In the documentation, Young adresses the design of mathematical symbols: "The Adobe Times fonts are thicker than the CM fonts. Designing math fonts for Times based on the rule thickness of Times =,, +, /, <, etc. would result in too thick math symbols, in my opinion. In the TX fonts, these glyphs are thinner than those of original Times fonts. That is, the rule thickness of these glyphs is around 85% of that of the Times fonts, but still thicker than that of the CM fonts." Ranges: Arrows (U+2190-U+21FF), Mathematical Symbols (U+2200-U+22FF).
  • Valek Filippov added Cyrillic glyphs and composite Latin Extended A to the whole set of the abovementioned URW set of 35 PostScript core fonts, Ranges: Latin Extended-A (U+0100-U+017F), Cyrillic (U+0400-U+04FF).
  • Wadalab Kanji Comittee. Between April 1990 and March 1992, Wadalab Kanji Comittee put together a series of scalable font files with Japanese scripts, in four forms: Sai Micho, Chu Mincho, Cho Kaku and Saimaru. The font files were written in custom file format, while tools for conversion into Metafont and PostScript Type 1 were also supplied. The Wadalab Kanji Comittee has later been dismissed, and the resulting files can be now found on the FTP server of the Depertment of Mathematical Engineering and Information Physics, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo: Hiragana (U+3040-U+309F), Katakana (U+30A0-U+30FF). Note that some time around 2009, the hiragana and katakana ranges were deleted.
  • Angelo Haritsis has compiled a set of Greek type 1 fonts. The glyphs from this source has been used to compose Greek glyphs in FreeSans and FreeMono. Greek (U+0370-U+03FF).
  • Yannis Haralambous and Virach Sornlertlamvanich. In 1999, Yannis Haralambous and Virach Sornlertlamvanich made a set of glyphs covering the Thai national standard Nf3, in both upright and slanted shape. Range: Thai (U+0E00-U+0E7F).
  • Shaheed Haque has developed a basic set of basic Bengali glyphs (without ligatures), using ISO10646 encoding. Range: Bengali (U+0980-U+09FF).
  • Sam Stepanyan created a set of Armenian sans serif glyphs visually compatible with Helvetica or Arial. Range: Armenian (U+0530-U+058F).
  • Mohamed Ishan has started a Thaana Unicode Project. Range: Thaana (U+0780-U+07BF).
  • Sushant Kumar Dash has created a font in his mother tongue, Oriya: Oriya (U+0B00-U+0B7F). But Freefont has dropped Oriya because of the absence of font features neccessary for display of text in Oriya.
  • Harsh Kumar has started BharatBhasha for these ranges:
    • Devanagari (U+0900-U+097F)
    • Bengali (U+0980-U+09FF)
    • Gurmukhi (U+0A00-U+0A7F)
    • Gujarati (U+0A80-U+0AFF)
  • Prasad A. Chodavarapu created Tikkana, a Telugu font family: Telugu (U+0C00-U+0C7F). It was originally included in GNU Freefont, but supoort for Telugu was later dropped altogether from the GNU Freefont project.
  • Frans Velthuis and Anshuman Pandey. In 1991, Frans Velthuis from the Groningen University, The Netherlands, released a Devanagari font as Metafont source, available under the terms of GNU GPL. Later, Anshuman Pandey from Washington University in Seattle, took over the maintenance of font. Fonts can be found on CTAN. This font was converted the font to Type 1 format using Peter Szabo's TeXtrace and removed some redundant control points with PfaEdit. Range: Devanagari (U+0900-U+097F).
  • Hardip Singh Pannu. In 1991, Hardip Singh Pannu has created a free Gurmukhi TrueType font, available as regular, bold, oblique and bold oblique form. Range: Gurmukhi (U+0A00-U+0A7F).
  • Jeroen Hellingman (The Netherlands) created a set of Malayalam metafonts in 1994, and a set of Oriya metafonts in 1996. Malayalam fonts were created as uniform stroke only, while Oriya metafonts exist in both uniform and modulated stroke. From private communication: "It is my intention to release the fonts under GPL, but not all copies around have this notice on them." Metafonts can be found here and here. Ranges: Oriya (U+0B00-U+0B7F), Malayalam (U+0D00-U+0D7F). Oriya was subsequently dropped from the Freefont project.
  • Thomas Ridgeway, then at the Humanities And Arts Computing Center, Washington University, Seattle, USA, (now defunct), created a Tamil metafont in 1990. Anshuman Pandey from the same university took over the maintenance of font. Fonts can be found at CTAN and cover Tamil (U+0B80-U+0BFF).
  • Berhanu Beyene, Prof. Dr. Manfred Kudlek, Olaf Kummer, and Jochen Metzinger from the Theoretical Foundations of Computer Science, University of Hamburg, prepared a set of Ethiopic metafonts. They also maintain the home page on the Ethiopic font project. Someone converted the fonts to Type 1 format using TeXtrace, and removed some redundant control points with PfaEdit. Range: Ethiopic (U+1200-U+137F).
  • Maxim Iorsh. In 2002, Maxim Iorsh started the Culmus project, aiming at providing Hebrew-speaking Linux and Unix community with a basic collection of Hebrew fonts for X Windows. The fonts are visually compatible with URW++ Century Schoolbook L, URW++ Nimbus Sans L and URW++ Nimbus Mono L families, respectively. Range: Hebrew (U+0590-U+05FF).
  • Vyacheslav Dikonov made a Braille unicode font that could be merged with the UCS fonts to fill the 2800-28FF range completely (uniform scaling is possible to adapt it to any cell size). He also contributed a free Syriac font, whose glyphs (about half of them) are borrowed from the free Carlo Ator font. Vyacheslav also filled in a few missing spots in the U+2000-U+27FF area, e.g., the box drawing section, sets of subscript and superscript digits and capital Roman numbers. Ranges: Syriac (U+0700-U+074A), Box Drawing (U+2500-U+257F), Braille (U+2800-U+28FF).
  • Panayotis Katsaloulis helped fixing Greek accents in the Greek Extended area: (U+1F00-U+1FFF).
  • M.S. Sridhar. M/S Cyberscape Multimedia Limited, Mumbai, developers of Akruti Software for Indian Languages (http://www.akruti.com/), have released a set of TTF fonts for nine Indian scripts (Devanagari, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Oriya, and Gurumukhi) under the GNU General Public License (GPL). You can download the fonts from the Free Software Foundation of India WWW site. Their original contributions to Freefont were
    • Devanagari (U+0900-U+097F)
    • Bengali (U+0980-U+09FF)
    • Gurmukhi (U+0A00-U+0A7F)
    • Gujarati (U+0A80-U+0AFF)
    • Oriya (U+0B00-U+0B7F)
    • Tamil (U+0B80-U+0BFF)
    • Telugu (U+0C00-U+0C7F)
    • Kannada (U+0C80-U+0CFF)
    • Malayalam (U+0D00-U+0D7F)
    Oriya, Kannada and Telugu were dropped from the GNU Freefont project.
  • DMS Electronics, The Sri Lanka Tipitaka Project, and Noah Levitt. Noah Levitt found out that the Sinhalese fonts available on the site metta.lk are released under GNU GPL. These glyphs were later replaced by those from the LKLUG font. Finally the range was completely replaced by glyphs from the sinh TeX font, with much help and advice from Harshula Jayasuriya. Range: Sinhala (U+0D80-U+0DFF).
  • Daniel Shurovich Chirkov. Dan Chirkov updated the FreeSerif font with the missing Cyrillic glyphs needed for conformance to Unicode 3.2. The effort is part of the Slavjanskij package for Mac OS X. range: Cyrillic (U+0400-U+04FF).
  • Abbas Izad. Responsible for Arabic (U+0600-U+06FF), Arabic Presentation Forms-A, (U+FB50-U+FDFF), Arabic Presentation Forms-B (U+FE70-U+FEFF).
  • Denis Jacquerye added new glyphs and corrected existing ones in the Latin Extended-B (U+0180-U+024F) and IPA Extensions (U+0250-U+02AF) ranges.
  • K.H. Hussain and R. Chitrajan. Rachana in Malayalam means to write, to create. Rachana Akshara Vedi, a team of socially committed information technology professionals and philologists, has applied developments in computer technology and desktop publishing to resurrect the Malayalam language from the disorder, fragmentation and degeneration it had suffered since the attempt to adapt the Malayalam script for using with a regular mechanical typewriter, which took place in 1967-69. K.H. Hussein at the Kerala Forest Research Institute has released "Rachana Normal" fonts with approximately 900 glyphs required to typeset traditional Malayalam. R. Chitrajan apparently encoded the glyphs in the OpenType table. In 2008, the Malayalam ranges in FreeSerif were updated under the advise and supervision of Hiran Venugopalan of Swathanthra Malayalam Computing, to reflect the revised edition Rachana_04. Range: Malayalam (U+0D00-U+0D7F).
  • Solaiman Karim filled in Bengali (U+0980-U+09FF). Solaiman Karim has developed several OpenType Bangla fonts and released them under GNU GPL.
  • Sonali Sonania and Monika Shah covered Devanagari (U+0900-U+097F) and Gujarati (U+0A80-U+0AFF). Glyphs were drawn by Cyberscape Multimedia Ltd., #101, Mahalakshmi Mansion 21st Main 22nd "A" Cross Banashankari 2nd stage Banglore 560070, India. Converted to OTF by IndicTrans Team, Powai, Mumbai, lead by Prof. Jitendra Shah. Maintained by Monika Shah and Sonali Sonania of janabhaaratii Team, C-DAC, Mumbai. This font is released under GPL by Dr. Alka Irani and Prof Jitendra Shah, janabhaaratii Team, C-DAC, Mumabi. janabhaaratii is localisation project at C-DAC Mumbai (formerly National Centre for Software Technology); funded by TDIL, Govt. of India.
  • Pravin Satpute, Bageshri Salvi, Rahul Bhalerao and Sandeep Shedmake added these Indic language cranges:
    • Devanagari (U+0900-U+097F)
    • Gujarati (U+0A80-U+0AFF)
    • Oriya (U+0B00-U+0B7F)
    • Malayalam (U+0D00-U+0D7F)
    • Tamil (U+0B80-U+0BFF)
    In December 2005 the team at www.gnowledge.org released a set of two Unicode pan-Indic fonts: "Samyak" and "Samyak Sans". "Samyak" font belongs to serif style and is an original work of the team; "Samyak Sans" font belongs to sans serif style and is actually a compilation of already released Indic fonts (Gargi, Padma, Mukti, Utkal, Akruti and ThendralUni). Both fonts are based on Unicode standard. You can download the font files separately. Note that Oriya was dropped from the Freefont project.
  • Kulbir Singh Thind added Gurmukhi (U+0A00-U+0A7F). Dr. Kulbir Singh Thind designed a set of Gurmukhi Unicode fonts, AnmolUni and AnmolUni-Bold, which are available under the terms of GNU license from the Punjabu Computing Resource Center.
  • Gia Shervashidze added Georgian (U+10A0-U+10FF). Starting in mid-1990s, Gia Shervashidze designed many Unicode-compliant Georgian fonts: Times New Roman Georgian, Arial Georgian, Courier New Georgian.
  • Daniel Johnson. Created by hand a Cherokee range specially for FreeFont to be "in line with the classic Cherokee typefaces used in 19th century printing", but also to fit well with ranges previously in FreeFont. Then he made Unified Canadian Syllabics in Sans, and a Cherokee and Kayah Li in Mono! And never to be outdone by himself, then did UCAS Extended and Osmanya.... What next?
    • Armenian (serif) (U+0530-U+058F)
    • Cherokee (U+13A0-U+13FF)
    • Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics (U+1400-U+167F)
    • UCAS Extended (U+18B0-U+18F5)
    • Kayah Li (U+A900-U+A92F)
    • Tifinagh (U+2D30-U+2D7F)
    • Vai (U+A500-U+A62B)
    • Latin Extended-D (Mayanist letters) (U+A720-U+A7FF)
    • Osmanya (U+10480-U+104a7)
  • George Douros, the creator of several fonts focusing on ancient scripts and symbols. Many of the glyphs are created by making outlines from scanned images of ancient sources.
    • Aegean: Phoenecian (U+10900-U+1091F).
    • Analecta: Gothic (U+10330-U+1034F)
    • Musical: Byzantine (U+1D000-U+1D0FF)&Western (U+1D100-U+1D1DF)
    • Unicode: many miscellaneous symbols, miscellaneous technical, supplemental symbols, and mathematical alphanumeric symbols (U+1D400-U+1D7FF), Mah Jong (U+1F000-U+1F02B), and the outline of the domino (U+1F030-U+1F093).
  • Steve White filled in a lot of missing characters, got some font features working, left fingerprints almost everywhere, and is responsible for these blocks: Glagolitic (U+2C00-U+2C5F), Coptic (U+2C80-U+2CFF).
  • Pavel Skrylev is responsible for Cyrillic Extended-A (U+2DEO-U+2DFF) as well as many of the additions to Cyrillic Extended-B (U+A640-U+A65F).
  • Mark Williamson made the MPH 2 Damase font, from which these ranges were taken:
    • Hanunóo (U+1720-U+173F)
    • Buginese (U+1A00-U+1A1F)
    • Tai Le (U+1950-U+197F)
    • Ugaritic (U+10380-U+1039F)
    • Old Persian (U+103A0-U+103DF)
  • Primoz Peterlin filled in missing glyphs here and there (e.g., Latin Extended-B and IPA Extensions ranges in the FreeMono family), and created the following UCS blocks:
    • Latin Extended-B (U+0180-U+024F)
    • IPA Extensions (U+0250-U+02AF)
    • Arrows (U+2190-U+21FF)
    • Box Drawing (U+2500-U+257F)
    • Block Elements (U+2580-U+259F)
    • Geometrical Shapes (U+25A0-U+25FF)
  • Jacob Poon submitted a very thorough survey of glyph problems and other suggestions.
  • Alexey Kryukov made the TemporaLCGUni fonts, based on the URW++ fonts, from which at one point FreeSerif Cyrillic, and some of the Greek, was drawn. He also provided valuable direction about Cyrillic and Greek typesetting.
  • The Sinhala font project has taken the glyphs from Yannis Haralambous' Sinhala font, to produce a Unicode TrueType font, LKLUG. These glyphs were for a while included in FreeFont: Sinhala (U+0D80-U+0DFF).

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Granshan 2012

The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia and the Typographic Society Munich (tgm --- Typographische Gesellschaft München) are organizing Granshan 2012, The Fifth International Type Design Competition for Non-Latin Typefaces, which was created especially for Armenian, Cyrillic, Greek, Indic (i.e., Devanagari, Bengali, and Tamil only) and Arabic fonts. Exceptionally, this year, Latin fonts designed in the last ten years can also be nominated.

Edik Ghabuzyan and Boris Kochan are the big bosses. The jury consists of Timothy Donaldson, Otmar Hoefer, Ahmed Mansour, Fiona Ross, Manvel Shmavonyan, Panos Vassiliou, and Vladimir Yefimov. There are five expert panels:

  • Armenian text typefaces category: Ara Baghdasaryan, Gagik Martirosyan, Aram Megrabyan.
  • Arabic text typefaces category: Mamoun Ahmed, Mohamed Hassan, Nehad Nadam.
  • Cyrillic text typefaces category: Gayane Baghdasaryan, Dmitry Kirsanov, Tagir Safayev.
  • Greek text typefaces category: Konstantine Giotas, Klimis Mastoridis, Kostas Aggeletakis.
  • Indic text typefaces category: Ravi Pooviah, Mahendra Patel, Graham Shaw.

Impossible to find the list of winners. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gustavs Andrejs Grinbergs

Born in Riga, Latvia, in 1943, he has mainly cooperated (since 1990) with Tilde in the font development of East-European languages, and has created the AG fonts collection for Cyrillic. He specializes in Cyrillic and East-european extensions of prominent typefaces (such as the ones in the Bitstream collection). At Linotype, he did Linotype Gneisenauette, Linotype Brewery, Linotype Rowena, and Stencil Moonlight (2003), which won an award at the Linotype International Type Design Contest 2003. He published the AG Fonts collection, mostly between 1992 and 1994. In the AG fonts collection, we find the following families (non-exhaustive list): AGAalen, AGBengaly, AGCenturion, AGCrown, AGFriQUer, AGGalleon, AGGloria, AGLettericaCOMpr, AGMelanie, AGNewHandbook, AGOpus, AGPalatial, AGPresquire, AGReverence, AGZeppelin. MyFonts sells these fonts by him: Baltic Ornaments (1999), Linotype Brewery, Brunch Pro (1996, straight-serifed), Constellation Pro (2009, an avant garde sans family with very thin hairline weights), Exquisite Pro (1998), Linotype Gneisenauette, Kette Pro (2009), Rigaer Tango Pro (2009, a connected script family with high contrast), Robusta Pro (2002, large sans family), Linotype Rowena, Scintilla Pro (2001, delicate text family), Stencil Moonlight (2003), Tourandot Pro (1999), Waldorf Pro (2003, didone), Am Beauty (2011, an art deco family that includes Am Beauty Stencil). FontShop link. Linotype link. Klingspor link.

MyFonts collection. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Hindi Rinny

Lively South Asian type blog covering Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Perso-Arabic, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Indian Type Foundry (ITF)
[Satya N. Rajpurohit]

ITF is located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. It was co-founded in 2009 by Peter Bilak (Typotheque) partnered with Rajesh Kejriwal (Kyoorius Exchange) and Satya Rajpurohit. They intend to cover Non-Latin and Latin fonts. Their first type family was Fedra Hindi (2010, by Bilak and Rajpurohit).

In 2010, Satya N. Rajpurohit published the Kohinoor family for Latin, Devanagari and Tamil. Kohinoor Gurmukhi followed in 2011. The long term plan is to make Kohinoor support all official writing scripts of India. Kohinoor Gujarati is at the last stage of development and will be published soon. Kohinoor Bengali, Kohinoor Malayalam, and Kohinoor Kannada are scheduled for 2012.

ITF Devanagari was published in 2011.

In 2013, Satya Rajpurohit created the Latin typefaces Pilcrow and Pilcrow Soft. Also in 2013, Peter Bilak left ITF to pursue other interests.

In 2014, Sanchit Sawaria and Jyotish Sonowal finished the free Google Web Font Khand, an 8-style family of compact mono-linear fonts with very open counter forms. Developed for display typography, the family is primarily intended for headline usage. Its Latin is from Satya Rajpurohit, and Khnad carries the Indian Type Foundry label. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

indianlanguages.com

Jump page for most Indian languages: Telugu, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Oriya, Malayalam, Gujurati, Tamil, Kannada, Sanskrit, Marathi and Hindi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Indic OpenType fonts

Free Indic OpenType fonts have been released under the GNU General Public License:

  • Gargi-1.3-r3 (2003) by Cyberscape Multimedia ltd (Bangalore).
  • Lohit Gujarati, Lohit Punjabi and Lohit Hindi (2001, Automatic Control Equipments, Pune). Lohit Hindi, Lohit Tamil and Lohit Bengali can be downloaded from Google Web Fonts.
  • Pothana2000 (2000, a Telugu font by K. Desikachary).
  • Rekha-medium (2003, MagNet Web Publishing Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai).
  • Saab (2004, a Gurmukhi font by Bhupinder Singh and Sukhjinder Sidhu).
  • aakar-MagNet (2003, MagNet Web Publishing Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai): based on the glyphs of Padma, which in turn is based on Akruti.
  • Padmaa Medium and Bold (2003, Cyberscape Multimedia Ltd, Bangalore). The OT font was created by Prof. Jitendra Shah.
  • utkal medium (2003, an Oriya font by Andy White).
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Indica (or: Summit India)

Indian language software for Mac and PC by Summit india. Contains fonts (not free) for Hindi, Gurumukhi, Gujarati, Bengali/Assamese, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, Kannada and Oriya. PDF file with a catalogue of their fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

IndiX

Free software. The IndiX library contains the IndiX shaping engine that converts Indic text in Unicode to Glyphs from OpenType fonts. It does conversions (UTF-8 to UCS-2), tagging of the text with script and syllable, reordering of logical syllables to visual syllables, and conversion of the visual syllable of characters to a renderable syllable of glyphs. IndiX supports nine Indic scripts and comes with the required Saral series of OpenType fonts. Vedic Sanskrit is added. The IndiX library is used in enabling X11 for Indic text and in the IndiX applications, oprint, netprint. 'oprint' is a tool which converts Indic text to PostScript using OpenType font. When you download the package, you can find these free truetype fonts by R.K. Joshi and his team at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Mumbai, all dated 2005:

  • SaralBengaliSans (with Vinay Saynekar)
  • SaralGujaratiSans (with Vinay Saynekar)
  • SaralGurumukhiSans (with Omkar Shende)
  • SaralHindi.ttf
  • SaralHindiSans
  • SaralKannadaSans
  • SaralMalayalamSans (with Rajith Kumar K.M.)
  • SaralOriyaSans (with Rajith Kumar K.M.)
  • SaralTamil.ttf
  • SaralTamilRoman (with Rajith Kumar K.M.
  • assisted by Ms. Jui Mhatre and Ms. Supriya Kharkar)
  • SaralTeluguSans (with Omkar Shende)
  • VS190205 (also called VedicSanskrit).
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Indolipi
[Elmar Kniprath]

Indolipi is a multipurpose tool box for indologists and linguists that contains Open Type fonts for most Indian scripts, a Latin font for "instant" transliteration of Indic scripts, and a Unicode based Latin font for writing of scientific texts in a western language containing all transliteration signs used by indologists as well as all presently valid IPA signs. All fonts were made from 2004 until 2006 by Elmar Kniprath (Asien-Afrika institut, University of Hamburg, Germany): e-Bengali OT (for Assamese and Bengali), e-Grantamil (for Grantha Sanskrit, Tamil and Manipravala), e-Grantha OT (for Sanskrit), e-Gujarati OT, e-Kannada OT, e-Malayalam OT (for modern Malayalam), e-Malayalam OTC (for Malayalam with classical orthography), e-Nagari OT (for Sanskrit and Nepali), e-Nagari OTH (for Hindi), e-Nagari OTM (for Marathi), e-Nagari OTR (for Rajasthani), e-Panjabi OT (for Gurmukhi script), e-Sinhala OT, e-Tamil OT (for modern Tamil), e-Tamil OTC (for Tamil with classical orthography), e-Telugu OT, e-Latin Indic (for "instant" Latin transliteration of Indic Unicode texts), e-PhonTranslit UNI (for writing indological texts in a language based on Latin script, also containig all valid IPA signs and a lot of arrows, mathematical and logical signs). [Google] [More]  ⦿

InProS (Intellectual Property Solutions)

Indian language fonts for PC and Mac. Commercial site from Houston, TX: maker of fonts and software products. Fonts include Hindi [ex: SheelRekha, RoopLekha, Kamal], Gujarati [ex: Shefali, Nita, Anarkali, Agni], Punjabi [ex: Pushpa, Suman, Badal, Arup], Bengali [Jayanti, BornaMala], Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Sanskrit [ex: Sansipro], Malayalam and Assamese. Fonts for transliteration include Diplomat and MonoPali. HTML editors for these languages as well. Free Om_SuniKanth font. Run by Sunny Kallara. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Institute of Indology and Tamil Studies

As part of the University of Cologne (Germany), the IITS (Institute of Indology and Tamil Studies) published its own truetype font, IITS, which is used for the transliteration of Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Urdu and Dravidian Languages. Other Indian and Tamil fonts can be downloaded too. These include Adhawin-Tamil (K. Srinivasan, 1995), BengaliAssamese Vijay (Vijay K. Patel, 1995), Gayathri (Ethno Multimedia, 1993), Gujarati (Vijay K. Patel, 1996), Janaranjani (EthnoMultimedia, 1993), Kannada Vijay (Vijay K. Patel, 1995), Mantra (Shrikrishna Patil, 1994), Malyalam Vijay (Vijay K. Patel, 1995), Nepali Vijay (Vijay K. Patel, 1994), Progoty (Chetona Software Cafe, 1997), Palladam (T. Govindaraj, 1989-1990), PunjabiSans (Atech, 1991), RK Sanskrit, Tamil Vijay (Vijay K. Patel, 1995), Telugu Vijay (beware: need to type 5 to 7 keys to get one character). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Isay Solomonovich Slutsker

Russian type designer (b. Orel, Russia, 1924, d. 2002). He lost both legs in World War II, but persevered and graduated in 1949 from the Moscow Printing Institute. He started working at the Type Design Department of VNIIPoligraphmash (National Printing Research Institute). From 1991 he worked for ParaType, Moscow. Isay Slutsker worked for major Soviet publishers, Khudozhestvennaya Literatura and Prosveshcheniye, designing and illustrating general fiction literature and textbooks. Slutsker designed many typefaces for a number of scripts and writing systems. Among his Cyrillic and Latin designs are Baltica (1951-2, a spin-off of Candida-Antiqua by Jakob Erbar; in co-operation with Vera Chiminova; Paratype did a revival in 1998); Bruskovaya Gazetnaya ('Slab-serif newstype', 1949; in co-operation with Alexandra Korobkova); Mysl (1986, a makeover of the typeface originally created by Vera Chiminova in 1966); PT Caslon (1962 and 1992, a version of the ATF Caslon; assisted by Tatiana Lyskova and Manvel Shmavonyan; also called Caslon 540); ITC Franklin Gothic Cyrillic (1993; assisted by Tatiana Lyskova); PT BT Humanist 531 Cyrillic (1988, based on the Bitstream version of Syntax, by Hans Eduard Meier; assisted by Manvel Shmavonyan); PT BT Geometric Slabserif 712 (1999, based on the Bitstream version of Monotype Rockwell; assisted by Manvel Shmavonyan); MyslNarrowC (1992-1996, at Intermicro, together with Svetlana Ermolaeva and Emma Zfcharova). Slutsker's Greek typefaces are Obyknovennaya Novaya ('New Standard', 1950s); Rublenaya Slutskera ('Slutsker Sans'; 1960s); Chronos (1980s). Isay Slutsker created several typefaces for Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati and Kannada. He designed two Amharic and one Hangul typeface, Inmin. Slutsker's Humanist 531 Cyrillic was among the winners of Kyrillitsa'99 and won an award at Bukvaraz 2001.

Russian bio. FontShop link. Klingspor link.

View some of Isay Slutsker's digital typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

ISIS

This site has downloads of Utkal (2003, a free Oriya font by Andy White), ThoolikaUnicode (for Malayalam: Supersoft, Computer Software R&D Centre, Kesavadasapuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala) and Bangla (2003). [Google] [More]  ⦿

itrans
[Avinash Chopde]

itrans is Avinash Chopde's freeware Indian Language Transliteration package. It includes a lot of free fonts: the Devnac PostScript Type III Font, the ItxGuj PostScript Type 1 and TrueType Gujarati (Donated by Shrikrishna Patil to ITRANS), the ItxBeng PostScript Type 1 and TrueType Bengali (Donated by Shrikrishna Patil to ITRANS), the Bengali - bwti metafont package, by Abhijit Das, Romanized Sanskrit (CSUtopia, type 1), the Washington Indic Roman TrueType fonts, the Washington Tamil metafont, the Kannada metafont, Xdvng (from the jtrans package, TrueType and type 1), Pun (a PostScript punjabi font), Frans Velthuis's Devnag Metafont, for Devanagari v1.6 (1998). Alternate site. At one point in the early 1990s, Chopde was assiociated with Avid Technology, Inc., Tewksbury, Mass. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ItxxBeng

The ItxBeng truetype font for Bengali can be found here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joydurga

The Bengali font Joydurga. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Juan-José Marcos García
[Alphabetum]

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Jyotish Sonowal

In-house type designer at Indian Type Foundry who is based in Ahmedabad. In 2012, Jyotish and Satya N. Rajpurohit codesigned the semi-calligraphic typeface Tulika Bengali (Indian Type Foundry). Sonowal explains: Tulika is a text typeface inspired by traditional Bengali calligraphy. It features distinctive, sinuous shapes and a high contrast between thick and thin strokes. Bengali is one of the most complex Indic scripts, requiring the design of over 700 glyphs for each of Tulika's 5 styles. Extensive research was done before defining the character set which included support for Assamese, Bengali, Bishnupriya Manipuri, Garo, Kokborok, Meitei, and Mundari languages. Tulika is a set of Unicode fonts suitable for setting books, magazines, newspapers and any other material which can benefit from its five weights and high legibility at small point sizes.

The Indian Type Foundry published several typefaces at Google Web Fonts in 2014, including Rajdhani. Rajdhani is an Open Source typeface supporting both the Devanagari and the Latin scripts. The font family was developed for use in headlines and other display-sized text on screen. Its initial release includes five fonts. Satya Rajpurohit and Jyotish Sonowal developed the Devanagari component in the Rajdhani fonts together, while the Latin was designed by Shiva Nallaperumal.

In 2014, Sanchit Sawaria and Jyotish Sonowal finished the free Google Web Font Khand, an 8-style family of compact mono-linear fonts with very open counter forms. Developed for display typography, the family is primarily intended for headline usage. Its Latin is from Satya Rajpurohit, and Khnad carries the Indian Type Foundry label. At the Indian Type Foundry, he helped with Rozha One (2014, free Google web font). This is a heavy didone typeface with large x-height, high contrast, and a harmonious balance between its Devanagari (designed by Tim Donaldson and Jyotish Sonowal) and Latin (designed by Shiva Nallaperumal). Github link.

Sarpanch (2014, Indian Type Foundry is an Open Source squarish typeface supporting the Devanagari and Latin scripts. The Medium to Black weights of the Sarpanch family were design by Manushi Parikh at ITF in 2014. Jyotish Sonowal designed the Regular weight. Download at Google Web Fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Karambir Singh Rohilla

Indian type designer in New Delhi whose creations cover Devanagari, Gurumukhi, Gujarati, Bengali / Assamese, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Oriya. I could not locate the fonts on the web site. Futuristic Hindi face (2011).

In 2013, he designed a Bengali typeface for small portable devices, called AR Hebe Sans. He also did an unnamed Oriya typeface in that year.

Alternate site. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Krishna Software

HWP is a commercial Hindi word processor for Hindi/Sanskrit, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali/Assamese, and Latin/Roman form (diacritics). The demo zip file has six truetype fonts: BengaMedium, BengaMedium, GujarMedium, HindiMedium, Latin, PunjaMedium, all by Krishna Software (1993). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Laval Chabon

Québec City-based creator (b. 1952) of the octagonal font Vegesignes (2009, FontStruct). This font also appeared in 2010 at Open Font Library. It consists of almost 7,615 glyphs.As of 2014, 188 languages care covered, inclufing Afrikaans, Arabic, Archaic Greek Letters, Armenian, Baltic, Basic Cyrillic, Basic Greek, Basic Latin, Bengali, Catalan, Central European, Cherokee, Devanagari, Dutch, Euro, Farsi, Georgian, Gujarati, Hanunó'o, Hebrew, Igbo Onwu, IPA, Kannada, Kazakh, Lao, Malayalam, Myanmar, New Tai Lue, N'Ko, Ogham, Oriya, Pashto, Pinyin, Polytonic Greek, Romanian, Runic, Sindhi, Syriac, Tai Le, Tai Tham (Lanna), Telugu, Thaana, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Uighur, Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics, Urdu, Vietnamese, Western European.

Dafont link. Fontspace link. Aka Leaurend-Lavie-Hyppere (Laval) Chabon and as Joseph Rosaire Laval Frandey Leaurend Lavie Hyper Chabom. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mahendra Patel

Indian type designer and typographer who received the Gutenberg Prize in 2010. Professor Patel retired from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, in 2003, and presently s an adjunct professor at Symbiosis Institute of Design and MIT Institute of Design, both at Pune. His type design activities:

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Meetei Mayek
[Pravabati Chingangbam]

Meetei Mayek is a free truetype font created by Prava (Pravabati Chingangbam) and Tabish in 2000. From the page: "Meetei-Mayek is the script which was used to write Meeteilon (Manipuri) till the 18th century. The script nearly became extinct as a result of a mass burning of all books in Meeteilon ordered by Ningthau Pamheiba who ruled Manipur in the 18th century. Subsequently, Bengali script was adopted to write the language and is being used till date." Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Microsoft: New Fonts in Windows 7

The list of new fonts in Windows 7 in 2009:

  • Aparajita, Aparajita Bold, Aparajita Bold Italic, Aparajita Italic: Devanagari family originally designed in 2001 by Modular Infotech, Pune, India.
  • Ebrima, Ebrima Bold: Microsoft fonts from 2008 with many symbols and special characters.
  • Gabriola: Script typeface by John Hudson (2008).
  • IskoolaPota Bold.
  • Khmer UI, Khmer UI Bold: By Microsoft (2008).
  • Kokila, Kokila Bold, Kokila Bold Italic, Kokila Italic: Devanagari family originally designed in 2001 by Modular Infotech, Pune, India.
  • Meiryo UI, Meiryo UI Bold, Meiryo UI Bold Italic, Meiryo UI Italic:
  • Microsoft New Tai Lue, Microsoft New Tai Lue Bold: A 2008 family by Microsoft, DynaComware and Ascender.
  • Microsoft PhagsPa, Microsoft PhagsPa Bold: A 2008 family for Mongolian by Microsoft, DynaComware and Ascender.
  • Microsoft Tai Le, Microsoft Tai Le Bold: A 2008 family by Microsoft, DynaComware and Ascender.
  • Raavi Bold: Gurmukhi typeface by Raghunath Joshi (Type Director) and Apurva Joshi (2008).
  • Sakkal Majalla, Sakkal Majalla Bold: Arabic family by Mamoun Sakkal (2008).
  • Segoe UI Light, Segoe UI Semibold, Segoe UI Symbol: Controversial family by Microsoft (2008), said to be corporate theft on the part of Microsoft, with as victim Frutiger---Segoe is basically identical to the typeface Frutiger.
  • Shonar Bangla, Shonar Bangla Bold: Bengali typeface by Microsoft (2008).
  • Shruti Bold: Gujarati typeface by Raghunath Joshi (Type Director) and Vinay Saynekar (2008).
  • Tunga Bold: Kannada typeface by Raghunath Joshi (Type Director) and Vinay Saynekar (2008).
  • Utsaah, Utsaah Bold, Utsaah Bold Italic, Utsaah Italic: Devanagari family originally designed in 2001 by Modular Infotech, Pune, India.
  • Vani, Vani Bold: Telugu family by Muthu Nedumaran (2008).
  • Vijaya, Vijaya Bold: Tamil family originally designed in 2001 by Modular Infotech, Pune, India.
  • Vrinda Bold: Bengali typeface by Raghunath Joshi (Type Director) and Vinay Saynekar (2008).
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Midnapore

Bengali truetype fonts: AkrutiBngSharat (ACES Consultants, 1999). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Modular Infotech Pvt. Ltd.

Company in Pune, which made these freely available Tamil Opentype fonts in 2003: SUNDARAM_0806, SHREE_TAM_OTF_0807, SUNDARAM_0808, SUNDARAM_0810, SUNDARAM_0812, SUNDARAM_0819, SUNDARAM_0820, SUNDARAM_0821, SUNDARAM_0823, SUNDARAM_0824, SUNDARAM_0827, SUNDARAM_0830, SUNDARAM_0831, SUNDARAM_1341, SUNDARAM_1342, SUNDARAM_1351, SUNDARAM_1352, SUNDARAM_2852, SUNDARAM_2865, SUNDARAM_3811. Type catalog with over 2,700 fonts for Devanagari, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese, Oriya, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam.

Modular Infotech specializes in Indian language fonts since 1982. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Modular Systems

Modular Systems from Pune, India, offers about 20 free truetype fonts for most Indic languages. The fonts are all called Shree something and appear incomplete. Covered are Assamese, Bengali, Hindi (Devanagri), Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu. In 1992, they made the Malayalam fonts Shree-Mal-0501W, Shree-Mal-0502. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Monotype

Bengali fonts at Agfa Monotype: Monotype Bengali, ITR Abishek, ITR Amitabh, ITR Arun, ITR Dilip, ITR Palash, Monotype New Bengali, ITR Ravindra. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Muhammad Masroor Ali
[arosgn2.1]

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Mustafa Jabbar
[Ananda Computers]

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N. Vyapron Shaji

N.V. Shaji made truetype fonts based on the metafonts of Jeroen Hellingman: MalOtf, malayalam, nonstdml. In a subdirectory, pick up the AkrutiMal family for Malayalam by Cyberscape Multimedia Limited, Bangalore, made in 2002. Finally, there is Akaash (2002) by Sayamindu Dasgupta and Palash Baran Pal (who added the Bengali glyphs). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nazrul Islam Robu

A free Bangla font by Nazrul Islam Robu: Bangla21FebruaryFont (1995). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Neelakash Kshetrimayum

Indian graduate from the type design program at the University of Reading in 2010. He designed Frijky at Reading, which he introduces as follows: A progressive family of Latin and Bengali typefaces. Based on the calligraphic stroke movement, Frijky is fluid yet sturdy. Intended for publications, Frijky gives news extra bite with its aggressive edge. Additional scans: i, ii, iii. Frijky was used for the logo of the ATypI 2011 meeting in Reykjavik. Neelakash has designed two typefaces---Pakhangba and Sanamahi---for Meetei Mayek, the native script of Manipur.

In 2011, Neelakash co-founded Mayek Projects with Anand Naorem, which offers design solutions for type, news and branding. Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik on the revival of Meeti Mayek.

He writes: In the beginning of the 18th century, as a result of political and cultural changes, the Bengali script replaced Meetei Mayek---the indigenous script of Manipur (a north-eastern state of India bordering Myanmar). Since then, the people of Manipur have been using the Bengali script for writing Meeteilon, the main spoken language of Manipur. This led to the introduction of new sounds in the Meeteilon from the Bengali script. Hence, during this period some new and modified letterforms were added for these sounds in Meetei Mayek. However after a number of conferences, the scholars have finally concluded that Meetei Mayek consists of 27 letteforms with their supplements. After almost 250 years, in 2005-06, the Government of Manipur officially approved the Meetei Mayek and included in the academic curriculum of Manipur Education. The new generation is learning Meetei Mayek instead of Bengali script to read and write Meeteilon. As the new generation is learning Meetei Mayek and it is slowly replacing the Bengali script, new typefaces will also be required for various forms of communication [...]. At present there are only a few typefaces, of questionable quality. Very limited research has been done on Meetei Mayek from the typographic point of view. Besides, there is a need to develop a system or guideline for designing Meetei Mayek typefaces. [...] This presentation discusses the typographic evolution of Meetei Mayek with examples from inscription, manuscript, letterpress, sign-paintings and digital typefaces. It reflects on the existence of multi-script communication in Manipur and its influence on Meetei Mayek. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nokshi

A Bengali truetype font family by Micrologic Computers, 1999. It consists of NokshiCondensed, NokshiExpanded, NokshiStandard. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Noto

A large free font family released under the Apache license at Google Web Fonts. URL with details. The fonts are property of Monotype, with the exception of Noto Khmer and Noto Lao, which belong to Danh Hong.

Noto Sans and Noto Serif cover Afar, Abkhazian, Afrikaans, Asturian, Avaric, Aymara, Azerbaijani-AZERBAIJAN, Bashkir, Bambara, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Bislama, Bini, Breton, Bosnian, Buriat, Catalan, Chechen, Chamorro, Mari (Russia), Corsican, Czech, Church Slavic, Chuvash, Welsh, Danish, German, Modern Greek (1453-), English, Esperanto, Spanish, Estonian, Basque, Finnish, Fijian, Faroese, French, Fulah, Friulian, Western Frisian, Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Galician, Guarani, Manx, Hausa, Hawaiian, Hiri Motu, Croatian, Hungarian, Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association), Igbo, Indonesian, Interlingue, Inupiaq, Ido, Icelandic, Italian, Kara-Kalpak, Kikuyu, Kazakh, Kalaallisut, Kurdish-ARMENIA, Kumyk, Komi, Cornish, Kirghiz, Latin, Luxembourgish, Lezghian, Lingala, Lithuanian, Latvian, Malagasy, Marshallese, Maori, Macedonian, mo, Maltese, Norwegian Bokmål, Low German, Dutch, Norwegian Nynorsk, Norwegian, South Ndebele, Pedi, Nyanja, Occitan (post 1500), Oromo, Ossetian, Polish, Portuguese, Romansh, Romanian, Russian, Yakut, Scots, Northern Sami, Selkup, sh, Shuswap, Slovak, Slovenian, Samoan, Southern Sami, Lule Sami, Inari Sami, Skolt Sami, Somali, Albanian, Serbian, Swati, Southern Sotho, Swedish, Swahili (macrolanguage), Tajik, Turkmen, Tagalog, Tswana, Tonga (Tonga Islands), Turkish, Tsonga, Tatar, Twi, Tuvinian, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Venda, Vietnamese, Volapük, Votic, Walloon, wen, Wolof, Xhosa, Yapese, Yoruba, Zulu, Akan, Aragonese, ber-dz, Crimean Tatar, Kashubian, Ewe, Fanti, Filipino, Upper Sorbian, Haitian, Herero, Javanese, Kabyle, Kuanyama, Kanuri, Kurdish-TURKEY, Kwambi, Ganda, Limburgan, Mongolian-MONGOLIA, Malay (macrolanguage), Nauru, Ndonga, Navajo, pap-an, Papiamento-ARUBA, Quechua, Rundi, Kinyarwanda, Sardinian, Sango, Shona, Sundanese, Tahitian, Zhuang.

Non-Latin scrips include Noto Armenian, Noto Georgian, Noto Carian, Noto Greek, Noto Devanagari, Noto Ethiopic, Noto Glagolitic, Noto Hebrew, Noto Sans Imperial Aramaic, Noto Sans Lisu, Noto Sans Lycian, Noto Sans Lydian, Noto Sans Old South Arabian, Noto Sans Osmanya, Noto Sans Phoenician, Noto Sans Shavian, Noto Sans Tamil, Noto Sans Thai, Noto Serif Thai, Noto Sans Kannada, Noto Sana Telugu, Noto Sans Malayalam, Noto Sans Cherokee, noto Sans Bengali.

Other typefaces in the package include Arima, Cousine, and Tinos. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Omi Azad

Designer of the free Unicode-based Bengali font Sagar (2003), which can be found here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Omi Azad
[Ekushey Unicode Based OpenType Bangla Fonts]

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OmicronLab

Free Unicode-based Bengali fonts here: Mitra Mono (2002), AkaashNormal (Palash Baran Pal, 2003), LikhanNormal (Deepayan Sarkar, 2003), Rupali (Solaiman Karim, 2002), SolaimanLipi (Solaiman Karim, 2003), SagarNormal (Omi Azad, 2003), Vrinda-Regular (Microsoft, 2002), Mukti Narrow (Anirban Mitra, 2002). The Ekushey series was added in 2005. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Open Bangla

Open source font team, also known as Mukto Bangla. One of their free fonts is ShadheenLipi (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Palash Baran Pal
[Bangtex]

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Pratidin Download

Free Bengali TrueType font at the Pratidin daily: BN_TTDurga_Normal, copyright C-DAC, Pune. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pravabati Chingangbam
[Meetei Mayek]

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Priyanka Patil

Atlanta, GA-based designer of a Bengali typeface (2014). This typeface was developed during her studies at the Savannah College of Art & Design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Progoty
[Faisal H. Khan]

From Banglasoft's Faisal H. Khan, 15 freeware Bangla fonts. The fonts go under the name Progoty or Chetona. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Proshika Computer Services

Developers of the 71-face commercial Proshika Shabda (Bangla) font family. The fonts: AdarshaLipiBold, AdarshaLipiCon, AdarshaLipiExp, AdarshaLipiNormal, LipiBelyBold, LipiBelyCon, LipiBelyExp, LipiBelyNormal, LipiBold, LipiBoldExpand, LipiCon, LipiDaliaBold, LipiExpand, LipiGolapCon, LipiGolapExp, LipiGolapNormal, LipiGoplapB, LipiJhomkoB, LipiJhumkoCon, LipiJhumkoExp, LipiJhumkoNormal, LipiJuiCon, LipiJuiExp, LipiJuiLight, LipiJuiNormal, LipiJuthiB, LipiJuthiCon, LipiJuthiExp, LipiJuthiNormal, LipiKarabiB, LipiMadhabiB, LipiMalotiCon, LipiMalotiExp, LipiMalotiNormal, LipiMollikaB, LipiNormal, LipiNormalB, LipiPadmoB, LipiPadmoCon, LipiPadmoExp, LipiPadmoNormal, LipiPalashCon, LipiPalashExp, LipiPalashNormal, LipiShaplaCon, LipiShaplaExp, LipiShaplaNormal, LipiTagor-Con, LipijuiB. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Proshika Computer Systems

Three free Bengali fonts by Proshika Computer Systems: AdarshaLipiCon, AdarshaLipiExp, AdarshaLipiNormal (1996). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Proshika Shabda

Download the Proshika Shabda font family (Bengali) at the on-line Bangla magazine. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rabin Deka
[Ratne Research]

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Raghunath K. Joshi

Typography professor R.K. Joshi's pages. He was born in 1936 in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India, and died in San Francisco in 2008. He was a poet, calligrapher, designer, researcher, teacher and type specialist. Above all, he was respected and influential. From 1952 until 1956, he studied at the Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art in Mumbai. From 1956 until 1960, he was an artist at D.J. Keymer, and from 1961-1983 he was art director at Ulka Advertising in Mumbai. But his best years were still to come. From 1983 until 1996, he was Professor of visual communications at the Industrial Design Center of IIT, Mumbai, and he was with CDAC, Mumbai, formerly NCST, from 1997 until his death. Radio interview. Obituary at TDC. Pages by Design India on him.

His contributions to the type world:

  • At Microsoft, he published these typefaces in 2001: Gautami, Raavi, Shruti, Tunga. Later, he added Kartika (2002) and Vrinda (2004). In 2009, he developed Latha and Mangal.
  • Quoting CDAC, he made pioneering efforts to establish aesthetics of Indian letterforms through workshops, seminars, international conferences, exhibitions and demonstrations. He revived academic, professional and research interest in Indian calligraphy, typography and computer-aided type design.
  • He created Vinyas, a digital type font design environment providing a comprehensive set of interactive tools for the generation of calligraphic fonts (callifonts) using a skeletal approach.
  • Typecaces: Vishakha (Devanagari), Vibhusha (Bengali), Vidhan (Oriya), and Viloma (Tamil).
  • His students at the Industrial Design Centre included Deborani Dattagupta (Bengali calligraphic typefaces), P.M. Hashim (headline type for a Malayalam daily), Anand Bhandarkar (drop caps), Rajeev Prakash (text face), G.V. Sreekumar (text typeface for Malayalam), and Apurva Joshi (titling faces).
  • He experimented with random fonts. Check this example of a random font, based his Vinyas software (1991).
  • He won an award at Bukvaraz 2001 for Raghu (or Raghindi, which can be downloaded here and here. It was developed with with the help of Vinay Saynekar. With Amresh Mondkar, Jui Mhatre and Supriya Kharkar, Joshi and Saynekar developed RaghuBengaliSans (2005). With Riddhi Joshi, Jui Mhatre and Supriya Kharkar, he created RaghuGujaratiSans (2005). R.K. Joshi, assisted by Jui Mhatre, Supriya Kharkar and Kruti Dalvi, created RaghuHindiSans (2005). R.K.Joshi and Omkar Shende, assisted by Seema Mangaonkar, Jui Mhatre and Supriya Kharkar made RaghuKannadaSans (2005). R.K.Joshi and Rajith Kumar K.M., assisted by Nirmal Biswas, Jui Mhatre and Supriya Kharkar developed RaghuMalayalamSans (2005) and RaghuOriyaSans (2005). R.K. Joshi and Omkar Shende, assisted by Supriya Kharkar and Jui Mhatre, made RaghuPunjabiSans (2005) and RaghuTeluguSans (2005). RaghuTamilRoman (2005) was done by R.K. Joshi and Rajith Kumar K.M., assisted by Jui Mhatre and Supriya Kharkar.
  • Joshi made the first OpenType font for Hindi (Mangal) and Tamil (Latha, with Vikram Gaikwad). Mangal became a Microsoft face, but some designers such as Mohd Asif Ali Rizvan think that it is an eyesore.
  • Speaker at ATypI 2006 in Lisbon and at ATypI 2002 in Rome. His presentation in Rome was memorable and thrilled all participants.
  • Developer of Deshanagari, a common script for all Indian Languages.
  • Joshi was involved in the standardization of codes for Marathi and has worked exhaustively to implement Vedic Sanskrit codes for Unicode.
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Ratne Research
[Rabin Deka]

Between 1998/99-2004, San Jose, CA-based Rabin Deka (now in Mount Prospect, IL) developed Aadarsha Ratne Internet, an Assamese font that can be found here and here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Riccardo Olocco

Prior to a four-year stint as a lecturer in typography at the faculty of design and Art of the free University of Bolzano, Italian type designer Riccardo Olocco freelanced as a graphic designer in Milan and elsewhere in Italy. He graduated in 2014 from the MATD program at the University of Reading, UK.

Riccardo writes on type design and type history. Besides his ongoing investigation into Francesco Griffo's roman types, his research with James Clough on Bodoni's types will be published by Codex.

Designer, with Michele Patanè, of the commercial caps faces Cordial Bloom (2009) and Cordial Cherry (2009).

Together with Jonathan Pierini, Olocco reinterpreted Bodoni's work in 2014. Their Parmigiano Typographic System, which is named after Parma, the city where Giambattista Bodoni (d. 1813) established his printing house, attempts to revive, interpret and boldly extend Bodoni's work. There is not a single official original Bodoni---Bodoni's Manuale Tipografico contains many slightly different examples---, and so, the first challenge was to create coherent relationships between various optical sizes (Piccolo, Caption, Text, Headline) and weights. Besides the Parmigiano Serif family, Olocco and Pierini also developed the creative extension Parmigiano Sans. There are also Stencil, Typewriter, Egyptian styles, to name a few. The Parmigiano Typographic System was published in 2014 by Typotheque, but was developed a few years before that.

In 2014, he started cooperating in the new CAST typefoundry in Bolzano. His typefaces at CAST include

  • Brevier (2014). This typeface was designed for setting long texts in small or very small type sizes---the name Breveir refers to 8 point size in ancient times.
  • Gramma (2014). A compact temporary sans with large x-height.
  • Zenon (2014, for Latin, Bengali, Greek and Cyrillic) and the sans version, Zenans. His graduation typeface in the MATD program at the University of Reading, UK. He writes: is a sum of different styles, from Francesco Griffo to Granjon, from modern typefaces to the first sketches of Times New Roman. Zenon is an apparently Renaissance revival with modernish proportions. A closer look reveals that it is a typographic potpourri.
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sagotom

Free Bangla font AdarshaLipi (truetype) by Proshika Computer Systems. Alternate site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Saiful Islam

Designer of the Open Font Library font Niharika (2012), which covers Latin and Bengali. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Salika

Commercial Khmer font producer. Salika Ltd is located in Tokyo. Their Khmer fonts are named Khm-1 through Khm-4. They also have fonts for Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, Latin, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Nepali, Cyrillic, Tamil, Thai and Vietnamese. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sanchit Sawaria

Graphic design graduate of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, who is from New Delhi. In 2012, during his studies, he created Kathan Devanagari and Akhand Devanagari, which can be bought at the Indian Type Foundry. In 2013, Akhand was extended to cover Bengali, Malayalam and Tamil as well.

In 2013, Sanchit outperformed the Germans in their own craft when he developed the ornamental blackletter typeface Black Diamond. Darkstone (2014) is a hybrid blackletter display font that combines Fraktur and Old English.

In 2014, Sanchit Sawaria and Jyotish Sonowal finished the free Google Web Font Khand, an 8-style family of compact mono-linear fonts with very open counter forms. Developed for display typography, the family is primarily intended for headline usage. Its Latin is from Satya Rajpurohit, and Khnad carries the Indian Type Foundry label.

Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Santhosh Thottingal

Palakkad, Kerala-based computer scientist. He is responsible for Autonym Font (2013). He explains: A font that can render all language autonyms. If we want to show a large number of languages written in their own scripts (autonyms), we cannot apply the usual webfonts to it. This is because when each script requires a webfont, we will end up using a large number of webfonts. This can cause large bandwidth usage. An example of this use case is a language selector on a website. Autonym font tries to solve this. The font contains glyphs and opentype rules for rendering the language autonyms. And it contains only those glyphs for a language. The glyphs for the font are taken from a large number of free licensed fonts.

The sources for the glyphs, by language, are:

  • Main: FreeSans.
  • Arabic: Droid Arabic Naskh
  • Tibetan: Jomolhari
  • Bengali: Lohit Bengali
  • Telugu: Lohit Telugu
  • Tamil: Meera Tamil
  • Odia: Lohit Odia
  • Malayalam: Meera
  • Kannada: Lohit Kannada
  • Gujarati: Lohit Gujarati
  • Devangari: Lohit Devangari
  • Khmer: Hanuman
  • Thai: Droid Sans Thai
  • Chinese: WenQuanYiMicroHei
  • Lao: Phetsarath
  • Divehi: FreeFontThaana
  • Javanese: TuladhaJejeg
  • Myanmar: TharLon

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Saptarshi Bagchi

Aka softhunterdevil, Saptarshi Bagchi (b. 1985, India) lives in Kolkata. As FontStructor, he made 3 Strokes (2010), a multiline face, SlamDunk (201) and Diagonal Knife (2009, octagonal). At Graphic River, one can buy Pixel Knife (2009), also a FontStruction. Memories (2010) is a grunge face. In Her Memory (2011) is a semi script typeface with tall ascenders. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Saral Fonts

From Norway: "Saral Soft offers different collections of TrueType fonts for various Indian languages/alphabets." Included are Hindi, Gujarathi, Marathi, Tamil, Punjabi, and Bengali. From the readme file at this download site: Saral is a series of OpenType fonts in 9 Indic scripts for 12 Indian languages. These fonts have been designed and developed under the type font design directorship of Prof. R. K. Joshi and the fonters team at C-DAC, Mumbai (formerly NCST). Fonters team: Prof. R.K.Joshi, Vinay Saynekar, Rajith Kumar K.M., Omkar Shende, Sarang Kulkarni, Amresh Mondkar, Jui Mhatre, Kruti Dalvi, Nirmal Biswas, Seema Mangaonkar, Supriya Kharkar, Riddhi Joshi, Lokesh Karekar. SaralHindi has been designed and developed by Prof. R. K. Joshi (TypeFont Design Director, Visiting Design Specialist at C-DAC Mumbai), assisted by Ms. Jui Mhatre and Ms. Supriya Kharkar and Ms. Kruti Dalvi at C-DAC Mumbai (formerly NCST) under IndiX2, Project funded by TDIL, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Govt. of India. SaralTamil has been designed and developed by Prof. R. K. Joshi (TypeFont Design Director, Visiting Design Specialist at C-DAC Mumbai) in association with Mr. Rajith Kumar K. M. (TypeFont Designer), assisted by Ms. Jui Mhatre and Ms. Supriya Kharkar at C-DAC Mumbai (formerly NCST) under IndiX2, Project funded by TDIL, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Govt. of India. RRSaralTamil and RKSaralHindi are free at the latter site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sarang Kulkarni

Mumbai-based designer of Modak (2013), a Devanagari typeface. In 2012, he designed Star Jalsha, a Bengali television screen font for Star India Pvt Ltd. Sarang operates as White Crow Designs. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Satya N. Rajpurohit
[Indian Type Foundry (ITF)]

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SDL, IIT Madras

Free fonts from SDL, IIT Madras covering most Indic scripts: iitmoriya, iitmbeng, iitmguj, iitmhind, iitmipa, iitmkann, iitmmal, iitmpunj, iitmsans, iitmtam, iitmtel, iitmuni. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Shaheed R. Haque

Shaheed Haque has developed a basic set of basic Bengali glyphs (without ligatures), using ISO10646 encoding. Bad link. He contributed to the GNU Freefont project for the range Bengali (U+0980-U+09FF). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Shoroco systems Inc

Commercial Bengali font and font system, Haraf. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Solaiman Karim

Designer of the free Unicode-based Bengali fonts Rupali (2002) and SolaimanLipi (2003). His fonts are redistributed By Altruists International. They can be found here and here.. He filled in Bengali (U+0980-U+09FF) in the GNU Freefont project. Solaiman Karim has developed several OpenType Bangla fonts and released them at Ekushey under GNU GPL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Somenath Sen
[Fezyweb]

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South Asia Language Resource Center (SALRC)

Based at the University of Chicago, links and suggestions for free fonts are given for these languages: Assamese, Baluchi, Bengali, Brahui, Dzongkha, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Kodagu, Lahnda, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Panjabi (Gurmukhi), Panjabi (Shahmukhi), Pashto, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, Tulu, Urdu. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sridhar Murthy Srikantham

Sridhar Murthy Srikantham is a graphic and type designer, b. 1963, Andhra Pradesh, India. He has a BFA from JNTU, Hyderabad. He created Telugu fonts for the following newspapers: Eenadu (Linotron 202), Vartha Andhara Jyothi, Andhra Bhoomi Sakshi, and Andhra Prabha Prajashakti. He also made Telugu fonts for Microsoft through Modular Infotech, Pune. He designed a typeface for the Naga Tribes called New Script. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin. Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik.

M/S Cyberscape Multimedia Limited, Mumbai, are the developers of Akruti Software for Indian Languages. They released a set of truetype fonts for nine Indian scripts (Devanagari, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Oriya, and Gurumukhi) under the GNU General Public License (GPL). One can download the fonts from the Free Software Foundation of India WWW site. Contributions to the GNU Freefont project:

  • Devanagari (U+0900-U+097F)
  • Bengali (U+0980-U+09FF)
  • Gurmukhi (U+0A00-U+0A7F)
  • Gujarati (U+0A80-U+0AFF)
  • Oriya (U+0B00-U+0B7F)
  • Tamil (U+0B80-U+0BFF)
  • Telugu (U+0C00-U+0C7F)
  • Kannada (U+0C80-U+0CFF)
  • Malayalam (U+0D00-U+0D7F)
Note: GNU Freefont dropped Oriya, Kannada and Telugu from its program at some point due to the absence of font features neccessary for display of text in their respective languages. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Steve White
[GNU Freefont (or: Free UCS Outline Fonts)]

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Sun Microsystems

Sun has two free truetype fonts for download: Saraswati5Normal and Saraswati5Bold. These were developed in 2001 and 2002, respectively, by CDAC, Pune, in cooperation with Sun. The Unicode compliant fonts provide support for Hindi, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, and Kannada. Horribly complicated download procedure involving registration. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Susrhee

A Bengali truetype font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Syed Mohammad Rassel

Creator of the Bengali font Bengali (2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Terrapin Font Services

British font service house: can sell you most of the commercial fonts. Sells also fonts for Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujurati, Hindi, Hungarian, Japanese (Katakana, Hiragana, Kanji), Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Welsh. Has barcode fonts, and is a special distributor of the Royal Mail Barcode font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tilde (was: AG Fonts)

Reinis Ludvik's Riga-based Latvian font design and software development company sells high quality fonts (adapted from Bitstream fonts) for Baltic, Cyrillic, Turkish and Eastern European languages. Includes the AG Baltia fonts by Andrejs Grinbergs. Commercial Cyrillic fonts based on Bitstream fonts.

The Tilde/AG Fonts collection published between 1991-1995 also includes these families designed by Andrejs Grinbergs: AGAalenBold, AGBengaly, AGCenturion, AGCrown, AGFriQUer, AGGalleon, AGGloria, AGLetterica, AGMelanie, AGNewHandbook, AGOpus, AGOpusHR, AGPalatial, AGPresquire, AGReverence, AGZeppelin.

The Bitstream based collection comprised these typefaces in 2008: Aurora Cyrillic, Balloon Cyrillic, Bell Centennial Cyrillic, Belwe Cyrillic, Bodoni Cyrillic, Bremen Cyrillic, Calligraphic 421, Bitstream Cataneo Cyrillic, Caxton Cyrillic, Century Oldstyle Cyrillic, Century Schoolbook Cyrillic, Dutch 801 Cyrillic, English 111 Adagio Cyrillic, Exotic 350 Cyrillic, Futura Cyrillic, Futura Black Cyrillic, Original Garamond Cyrillic, Geometric 706 Cyrillic, Gothic 821 Cyrillic, Handel Gothic Cyrillic, Humanist 777 Cyrillic, Impress Cyrillic, Incised 901 Cyrillic, Kaufmann Cyrillic, Liberty Cyrillic, News Gothic Cyrillic, Oranda Cyrillic, Revue Cyrillic, Ribbon 131 Cyrillic, Schadow Cyrillic, Serifa Cyrillic, Square 721 Cyrillic, Staccato 555 Cyrillic, Stencil Cyrillic, Swiss 721 Cyrillic, Umbra Cyrillic, University Roman Cyrillic, VAG Rounded Cyrillic, Zapf Calligraphic 801 Cyrillic, Zapf Elliptical 711 Cyrillic, Zapf Humanist 601 Cyrillic, Zurich Cyrillic.

MyFonts link where one finds Starfighter TL (2012, a font family for gamers), Snowbird (2011, informally hand-printed family), Constellation Pro (geometric sans family), Kette Pro and Rigaer Tango Pro (calligraphic script).

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T.K.Ganguly
[Bengali truetype Fonts]

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Ubuntu: Indic fonts

Free Indic fonts:

  • Bengali: JamrulNormal, LikhanNormal, muktinarrow, muktinarrowbold, Ani, Lohit-Bengali, Mitra.
  • Hindi/Devanagari: Gargi_1.7, Chandas, Kalimati, Lohit-Hindi, Samanata.
  • Gujarati: Rekha-medium, aakar-MagNet, Lohit-Gujarati, padmaa-Bold, padmaa-Medium.
  • Kannada: KedageBold, KedageNormalItalic, KedageNormal, KedageBoldItalic, MalligeBold, MalligeNormalItalic, MalligeNormal, MalligeBoldItalic.
  • Malayalam: racotf04, malayalam.
  • Oriya: utkal.
  • Punjabi: Saab, Lohit-Punjabi.
  • Tamil: TAMu_Kadambri-Regular, TAMu_Kalyani, TAMu_Maduram, TSCu_Comic, TSCu_Paranar, TSCu_Times, TSCu_Paranar-Bold, TSCu_Paranar-Italic, Lohit-Tamil.
  • Telugu: Pothana2000, Vemana2000.
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Umesh Vgl

Bengaluru, India-based designer of the art deco typeface City Sland (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

UniBangla

A free Unicode Bangla font (UniBangla) was developed in 2002-2003 by M. Rezwan Al Bakhtiar, Saquia Naj (Shoma) , Sharmina Shafi (Munmun) (DataSoft) , Rahima Shaheen (DataSoft) , Md. Sazzad Munir (Milton) (DataSoft) , and Anisur Rahman (Tipu) on behalf of BIOS. [Google] [More]  ⦿

UniType

Commercial Windows XP packages sold with foreign language fonts in TrueType and PostScript, called GlobalSuite, GlobalWriter and GlobalOffice. Includes most foreign languages. For example, in the Cyrillic sphere, they have Bulgarian, Byelorussian, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian plus over 50 additional Cyrillic languages such as Azeri, Kazakh, Kirghiz, Moldavian, Mongolian, Tadzhik, Tatar, Turkmen and Uzbek. And for North Indian, they have Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Punjabi, and Sanskrit. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vijay Kumar Patel

Fort Worth, TX-based creator of a commercial font collection that covers most Indian languages: Gujarati Radhika, Gujarati Priti, Gujarati Palana, Hindi Vijay, Assamese Vijay, Bengali Vijay, Tamil Vijay, Telugu Vijay, Sanskrit Vijay, Punjabi Vijay, Malayalam Vijay, Malayalam Radhika, Kannada Vijay, Marathi Vijay, Nepali Vijay, Oriya Vijay, Indian Artwork-Vijay. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Virtual Bangladesh

Edited by Zunaid Kazi, this page surveys Bangla fonts on the web. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vistawide

Archive of free foreign language fonts covering Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cambodian, Celtic, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Old English, Farsi, Georgian, German, Greek, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Icelandic, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Latvian, Myanmar, Nepali, Persian, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukranian, Urdu, Vietnamese and Welsh. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yudit

This site has the following truetype fonts: Braille (by Vyacheslav Dikonov), MalOtf (Malayalam font by Shaji N Vyapron, based on fonts by Jeroen Hellingman), Raghindi (National Centre for Software Technology. This font was developed by Prof. R.K. Joshi with assistance from Mr. Vinay Sayanekar), TibetanUnicode (2002, Gregory Mokhin), UrduNastaliqUnicode (2002, Shehzad Ali&Tabish), ani (2002, a Bengali font by Dr. Anirban Mitra). [Google] [More]  ⦿