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Tamil fonts

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A. Sivavinayagam

A. Sivavinayagam from Siva Photo in Zürichhas published some Tamil fonts, some of which can be found at R. Padmakumar's archive. These include A.Siva.0002.Zurich Plain (2001). [Google] [More]  ⦿

A. Umar

Developer of the Tamil font ThendralUni. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aadarsh Rajan

Aadarsh studies and designs Tamil letters and is based in Mumbai and Pune, India. Designer of the free font Baloo Thambi-Tamil (2016, Google Fonts). At Ek Type, he designed Ek Tamil (2016). In 2021, he relrased the Tamil / Latin all caps display typeface Lokium.

Designer of Anek Tamil as part of Ek Type's award-winning family Anek (2022).

Future Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Abdul Rasheed's home page

Download Boopalam, a Tamil truetype font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Abiraami Andhaathi

Download a free Adhawin TTF (Tamil). Also, info on other Tamil software. Page by Vijayalakshmi Mallikarjunan at the University of Georgia. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrian Frutiger

Famous type designer born in 1928 in Unterseen, Switzerland, who died in September 2015. He closely cooperated with Linotype-Hell AG, after having been artistic director at Deberny-Peignot in Paris since 1952. He established his own studio in 1962 with André Gürtler and Bruno Pfaftli. Art director for Editions Hermann, Paris 1957 to 1967. Frutiger lived near Bern, Switzerland, and was very interested in woodcuts. In 2009, Heidrun Osterer and Philipp Stamm coedited Adrian Frutiger Typefaces The Complete Works (Birkhäuser Verlag), a 460-page opus based on conversations with Frutiger himself and on extensive research in France, England, Germany, and Switzerland. Quote: Helvetica is the jeans, and Univers the dinner jacket. Helvetica is here to stay. He designed over 100 fonts. Here is a partial list:

  • Président (Deberny&Peignot, 1954). Digitized by Linotype in 2003.
  • Delta.
  • Phoebus (Deberny&Peignot, 1953).
  • Element-Grotesk.
  • Federduktus.
  • Ondine (Deberny&Peignot, 1953-1954). The Bitstream version of this font is Formal Script 421. Adobe, Linotype and URW++ each have digital versions called Ondine. Bitstream's Calligraphic 421 is slightly different.
  • Méridien (Deberny&Peignot, 1955-1957). Digitized by Adobe/Linotype in 1989.
  • Caractères Lumitype.
  • Univers (Deberny&Peignot, 1957). About the name, Frutiger wrote I liked the name Monde because of the simplicity of the sequence of letters. The name Europe was also discussed; but Charles Peignot had international sales plans for the typeface and had to consider the effect of the name in other languages. Monde was unsuitable for German, in which der Mond means "the moon". I suggested "Universal", whereupon Peignot decided, in all modesty, that "Univers" was the most all-embracing name!. Univers IBM Composer followed. In 2010, Linotype published Univers Next, which includes 59 Linotype Univers weights and 4 monospaced Linotype Univers Typewriter weights, and can be rented for a mere 2675 Euros. In 2018, Linotype added Univers Next Typewriter. In 2020, Linotype's Akira Kobayashi dusted off Univers Next Cyrillic and Univers Next Paneuropean.
  • Egyptienne F (1955, Fonderie Deberny&Peignot; 1960, for the Photon/Lumitype machine).
  • Opéra (1959-1961, Sofratype).
  • Alphabet Orly (1959, Aéroport d'Orly).
  • Apollo (1962-1964, Monotype): the first type designed for the new Monotype photosetting equipment.
  • Alphabet Entreprise Francis Bouygues.
  • Concorde (1959, Sofratype, with André Gürtler).
  • Serifen-Grotesk/Gespannte Grotesk.
  • Alphabet Algol.
  • Astra Frutiger. A typeface variant of Frutiger licensed under Linotype. It is the font used on the highways in Switzerland.
  • Serifa (1967-1968, Bauersche Giesserei). URW++ lists the serif family in its 2008 on-line catalog. Other names include OPTI Silver (Castcraft), Ares Serif 94, and Sierra. Bitstream published the digital typeface Serifa BT. But it is also sold by Adobe, Tilde, Linotype, URW++, Scangraphic, and Elsner & Flake. The slab serif is robust and is based on the letterforms of Univers.
  • OCR-B (1966-1968, European Computer Manufacturers Association).
  • Alphabet EDF-GDF (1959, Électricité de France, Gaz de France).
  • Katalog.
  • Devanagari (1967) and Tamil (1970), both done for Monotype Corporation.
  • Alpha BP (1965, British Petroleum&Co.).
  • Dokumenta (1969, Journal National Zeitung Suisse).
  • Alphabet Facom (1971).
  • Alphabet Roissy (1970, Aéroport de Roissy Charles de Gaulle).
  • Alphabet Brancher (1972, Brancher).
  • Iridium (1972, Stempel). A didone with slight flaring.
  • Alphabet Métro (1973, RATP): for the subway in Paris.
  • Alphabet Centre Georges Pompidou. The CGP typeface (first called Beaubourg) used in the Centre Georges Pompidou from 1976-1994 is by Hans-Jörg Hunziker and Adrian Frutiger, and was developed as part of the visual identity program of Jean Widmer. It is said that André Baldinger digitized it in 1997.
  • Frutiger (1975-1976, Stempel, with Hans-Jörg Hunziker). In 1999, Frutiger Next was published by Linotype. In 2009, that was followed by Neue Frutiger (a cooperation between Frutiger and Linotype's Akira Kobayashi). In fact, Frutiger, the typeface was made for the Charles De Gaulle Airport in 1968 for signage---it was originally called Roissy, and had to be similar to Univers. It was released publically as Frutiger in 1976. The modern Bitstream version is called Humanist 777. Frutiger Next Greek (with Eva Masoura) won an award at TDC 2006. Other digital implementations of Frutiger: M690 (SoftMaker), Quebec Serial (SoftMaker), Frutus (URW), Provencale (Autologic), Frontiere (Compugraphic), Freeborn (Scangraphic), Siegfried (Varityper). In 2018, under the aegis of Akira Kobayashi, the Monotype Design studio published the 150-language superfamily Neue Frutiger World (including coverage for Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Georgian, Armenian, Hebrew, Arabic, Thai and Vietnamese).
  • Glypha (1979, Stempel). See Gentleman in the Scangraphic collection).
  • Icône (1980-1982, Stempel, Linotype). Digitized by Linotype in 2003.
  • Breughel (1982, Stempel; 1988, Linotype).
  • Dolmen.
  • Tiemann.
  • Versailles (1983, Stempel).
  • Linotype Centennial (1986). Based on Morris Fuller Benton's Clarendon typeface Century, Linotype Centennial was designed for Linotype's 100th birthday.
  • Avenir (1988, Linotype). In 2004, Linotype Avenir Next was published, under the supervision of Akira Kobayashi, and with the help of a few others. In 2021, the Monotype team released Avenir Next Paneuropean (56 styles, by Akira Kobayashi). Avenir Next World, released by Linotype in 2021, is an expansive family of fonts that offers support for more than 150 languages and scripts. The subfamilies include Avenir Next Hebrew, Avenir Next Thai, Avenir Next Cyrillic, Avenir Next Arabic and Avenir Next Georgian. Avenir Next World contains 10 weights, from UltraLight to Heavy.

    Contributors besides Adrian Frutiger and Akira Kobayashi: Anuthin Wongsunkakon (Thai), Yanek Iontef (Hebrew), Akaki Razmadze (Georgian), Nadine Chahine (Arabic), Toshi Omagari (Arabic) and Elena Papassissa (Greek, Armenian). Lovely poster by Ines Vital (2011).

  • Westside.
  • Vectora (1991, Linotype).
  • Linotype Didot (1991). See also Linotype Didot eText Pro (2013), which was optimized by Linotype for use on screens and small devices.
  • Herculanum (1989, Linotype): a stone age font.
  • Shiseido (1992).
  • Frutiger Capitalis (2006, Linotype): a further exploration in the style of Herculanum, Pompeijana and Rusticana. Linotype trademarked that name even though at least five fonts by the name Capitalis already exist.
  • Pompeijana (1993, Linotype).
  • Rusticana (1993, Linotype).
  • Frutiger Stones (1998, Linotype) and Frutiger Symbols.
  • Frutiger Neonscript.
  • Courier New, based on Howard Kettler's Courier, was one of Frutiger's projects he was involved in ca. 2000.
  • AstraFrutiger (2002): a new signage typeface for the Swiss roads. Erich Alb comments: With a Frutiger condensed Type and illuminated signs during night it is mutch better readable.
  • Nami (2008) is a chiseled-stone sans family, made with the help of Linotype's Akira Kobayashi.
  • Neue Frutiger (2009, with Akira Kobayashi) has twice as many weights as the original Frutiger family.
  • In 2019, the Linotype team released variable fonts for Frutiger's main typeface families, Avenir Next Variable, Neue Frutiger Variable, and Univers Next Variable.
Bio by Nicholas Fabian. Erich Alb wrote a book about his work: Adrian Frutiger Formen und Gegenformen/Forms and Counterforms (Cham, 1998). Winner of the Gutenberg Prize in 1986 and the 006 Typography Award from The Society for Typographic Aficionados (SOTA). Famous quote (from a conversation in 1990 between Frutiger and Maxim Zhukov about Hermann Zapf's URW Grotesk): Hermann ist nicht ein Groteskermann. A quote from his keynote speech at ATypI1990: If you remember the shape of your spoon at lunch, it has to be the wrong shape. The spoon and the letter are tools; one to take food from the bowl, the other to take information off the page... When it is a good design, the reader has to feel comfortable because the letter is both banal and beautiful.

Frutiger's books include Type Sign Symbol and Signs and Symbols. Their Design and Meaning (1989, with Andrew Bluhm, published by Studio Editions, London; Amazon link).

Linotype link. FontShop link. Adrian Frutiger, sa carrière française (2008) is Adèle Houssin's graduation thesis at Estienne.

Klingspor link. Wikipedia link. View Adrian Frutiger's typefaces.

View some digital versions of Avenir. Vimeo movie on Frutiger by Christine Kopp and Christoph Frutiger entitled "Der Mann von Schwarz und weiss: Adrian Frutiger". More Vimeo movies. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Akilan Nagarajan

Pune, India-based designer of the zen garden Tamil typeface Karkkal (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Akira Kobayashi
[Neue Frutiger]

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Ammaan Computer Informatik

Outfit that produces Tamil fonts such as Geetham (1998), Kurinchi (1998), Roja (1998), Rosa (1998), Tamil (1994). Some fonts are also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ammatamil Chat

Archive with 150 free Tamil fonts: A.Sivavinayagam.(Siva-Photo.-Zurich.-Switzerland)., AGNI, ANURADHA, ARASU, ASWINI, Aabohi-Regular, Adaanaa-Regular, Akarathi-Plain, Alankaram-Plain, Amma, Amudham, Anantha-Regular, Ananthabairavi-Regular, Aniezhai, Arangam, BARANI, Baamini-Plain, Bavani-Regular, Boopalam-Regular, CHUNNAKAN, Cheithi2, Damasus, DenukaPC, Divya, ELANGO-TML-Panchali-Normal, Eelamlead-Plain, GANESHA-BoldItalic, GANESHA, Geetham, Geethapria-Regular, Hamsathvani-Regular, Hindolam-Regular, Imayam, Ithayam, JaffnaNormal, Jothy, KPNEWS-Normal, KSAvvaiyarNormal, KSKambanNormal, KaVaS, KalkiNormal, Kallar-Plain, Kalyani-Regular, Kamaas-Regular, Kamalam, Karaharapriya-Regular, Karmukil, Karumpanai, Kataragama, Kathanakuthugalam-Regular, KavipPriya-Italic, Keeravani-Regular, Kksblack-Plain, Kumutham, KurinchiACI, Kurinji-Regular, LRAVI, Lakshmi, Lathangi-Regular, Madhuvanthi-Regular, Makarandham, Malayamarutham-Regular, Mallikai, Mani, Maniyahram, Mannaram, Marinus, Marlett, Mathuram, Moderntamil-Plain, Mohanam-Regular, Mullai-Plain, Mylai-Sri-Regular, Nagananthini-Regular, Nalini, Nallur-Plain, Needhimathi-Regular, New-KannanText, Nirmala, NuwaraEliya, POORAM, PRAVIMedium, PRAVIMedium, Pandian, Petrus, Pirunthavanam, Planet, Preethi, RRAVIMedium, Rajani-Regular, Ranjani-Plain, Ranjani-Regular, Ranjani, RasigapriaPC, Rasigapriya-Plain, Rasihapriya-Regular, Rasihapriya-Regular, Rathnangi-Regular, RojaACI, Romanus, Rosa, Rubiga-Plain, SATHAYAM, SIVABALAN, SIVAGAMI, Ananthi, Kamaas-Regular, Kalaiyarasi, Lathangi-Plain, Mohanam-Regular, SRAVIMedium, Sahaanaa-Regular, Sangeetha-Regular, Saraswathy-Plain, Saraswathy-Regular, Sarukesi, Seliyan, Sevvanthi-Regular, Shanmugapriya-Regular, Silapam-Plain, Sindhu-Regular, Sindhubairavi-Regular, Sngarabaranam-Regular, TAMILNET, TAMILNET, TAMMaduram, TBoomi, TBoomiHBold, TBoomiSBold, TMLSquarePlain, TMNEWS-Normal, TamilACI, TamilwebPlainBeta, ThamarNorm, Tharakai, Thenmoli, Thevaki-Regular, Thodiragam-Regular, Thurikai, Trinco-Plain, Kurinji-Regular, Uthayam, Vairamani, Vavuniya, Viththi, WebTamilNormal, ATamilAppleNormal, ATamilApplethinNormal, roger. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Amudham: Tamil truetype font by Softview Computers in Chennai. Alternate site. Yet another site. Another site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anagha Narayanan

Anagha Narayanan is a typeface designer from Hyderabad, India who primarily works with Indic scripts. Anagha Narayanan studied design at DJ Academy of Design in India and has interned at Black[Foundry] in Paris. In 2018, Anagha joined Universal Thirst type foundry where she has been able to contribute to a diverse range of projects and scripts. In 2020, she started work on her first typeface release, Ilai, one of the first variable Tamil typefaces, is a modern interpretation of 60s psychedelia. It takes Tamil into new territory by offering nine styles of quirky forms.

In 2020, she received the SOTA Catalyst award. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anangu Tamil fonts

Commercial Tamil font maker. For now: Anangu-Agathiyar, Anangu-Bharathi, Anangu-Valluvar, Anangu-Elango. [Google] [More]  ⦿


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

Arasan, Applesoft

Bangalore-based company which made the Tamil font TSC_Janani. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arimugan Egambaram

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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. Ascender's version of the CJK font Heiti is called ASC Heiti. 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]  ⦿

Astro Scientific Center

Designers of the free Tamil font TML Kamalam. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Avinash Chopde

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Ayesha Kanga

During her studies at National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India, Ayesha Kanga (Mumbai) created a Tamil version of Core Deco (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Girish Dalvi]

Baloo is a free display font available in nine Indian scripts along with Latin. Included are Baloo-Devanagari, BalooBhai-Gujarati, BalooTammudu-Telugu, BalooBhaina-Odia (Oriya), BalooChettan-Malayalam, BalooDa-Bangla, BalooPaaji-Gurmukhi, BalooTamma-Kannada, and BalooThambi-Tamil. The project's leader is Girish Dalvi, and the project is in the hands of Ek Type. Type design help came from Ek Type, and in particular from Ek Type's Sarang Kulkarni (for Devanagari) and Noopur Datye (for Baloo Da-Bangla). Maithili Singre helped with Malayalam. Baloo Bhai was designed by Supriya Tembe and Noopur Datye. Baloo Thambi is designed by Aadarsh Rajan. Google Fonts link.

Baloo 2 (2021) consists of ten font families with unique local names for each of the nine Indic scripts plus Arabic (Baloo Bhaijaan 2, by Sanskriti Dholi and Noopur Datye). Each family supports one Indic/Arabic script plus Latin, Latin Extended, and Vietnamese. The Gurmukhi is designed by Shuchita Grover; Bangla by Noopur Datye and Sulekha Rajkumar; Odia by Yesha Goshar, Manish Minz, and Shuchita Grover; Gujarati by Noopur Datye and Supriya Tembe; Kannada by Divya Kowshik and Shuchita Grover; Telugu by Maithili Shingre and Omkar Shende; Malayalam by Maithili Shingre and Unnati Kotecha; and Tamil by Aadarsh Rajan. Baloo Devanagari and Latin are collaboratively designed by Ek Type. Font engineering and type design assistance by Girish Dalvi. [Google] [More]  ⦿


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]  ⦿

CACHE Enterprises

As far as I can tell, CACHE only made InaiMathi (1995), a free Latin and Tamil font that is now part of the Mac OS X font package. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cadgraf Computers

Outfit in Chennai (Madras) that produces Tamil fonts. TAM_ELANGO_Panchali (1999) and ELANGO-TML-Panchali (1994) can be found here. They also made gorgeous sets of Indian dingbats: AEOIHIELANGOIBA00, AEOIMMELANGOIBA01, AEOJBPELANGOIBA02, AFACNBELANGOIBA13, AFADAJELANGOIBA14, AFADDFELANGOIBA15, AFADGLELANGOIBA16, AFADKDELANGOIBA17, AFANMKELANGOIBA20, AFAOBBELANGOIBA21, AFAOGCELANGOIBA22, AFAOLGELANGOIBA23, AFAOOOELANGOIBA24, AFAPBIELANGOIBA25, AFBJJOELANGOIBA27, AFBJNGELANGOIBA28, AFBKBMELANGOIBA29, AFBKFDELANGOIBA30, AFCDHGELANGOIBA34, AFCDNIELANGOIBA36, AFCECNELANGOIBA35, AFCNCFELANGOIBA41, AFCNGLELANGOIBA42, AFCNLOELANGOIBA43, AFEBNBELANGOIBA55, AFECAFELANGOIBA56, AFECHDELANGOIBA57, AFGAGJELANGOIBA76, AFGAKBELANGOIBA77, AFGAOGELANGOIBA78, AFHFBAELANGOIBA90, AFHFIMELANGOIBA91, AFHFMIELANGOIBA92, AFIIBEELANGOIBB04, AFIIIOELANGOIBB05, AFIJECELANGOIBB06, AFIJJCELANGOIBB07, AFIJNNELANGOIBB08, AFIKCOELANGOIBB09. Here, we find TAUElangoAbirami, TAUElangoAgasthiyar, TAUElangoAnjali, TAUElangoArunthathi, TAUElangoAsokan, TAUElangoAthithan, TAUElangoBarathi, TAUElangoBhoopalam, TAUElangoCheran, TAUElangoCholaa, TAUElangoDevi, TAUElangoDhanam, TAUElangoGanga, TAUElangoGodavari, TAUElangoGuntalakesi, TAUElangoJanani, TAUElangoJuliee, TAUElangoKabini, TAUElangoKalyani, TAUElangoKamban, TAUElangoKannagi, TAUElangoKapilan, TAUElangoKrishna, TAUElangoMadhavi, TAUElangoMalyamar, TAUElangoManimekalai, TAUElangoMarutham, TAUElangoMohanam, TAUElangoMullai, TAUElangoMuthu, TAUElangoNalina, TAUElangoNeelampari, TAUElangoPallavi, TAUElangoPanchali, TAUElangoPavalam, TAUElangoPriyanka, TAUElangoRagham, TAUElangoRathnam, TAUElangoRewathy, TAUElangoSabari, TAUElangoSankara, TAUElangoSenguttuvan, TAUElangoSurya, TAUElangoThemmangu, TAUElangoThilllana, TAUElangoTodi, TAUElangoVairam, TAUElangoValluvan, TAUElangoVasuki, TAUElangoVeena. TAU_1_ELANGO_Barathi is also here. B095_TAMElango_Valluvan (2006) is here. Google] [More]  ⦿


CDAC is Pune's Center for Development of Advanced Computing. They sell typefaces for all Indic languages. They introduced the Indian Script FOnt Code (ISFOC) standards to enable composing Indian language text. Scripts covered include Devnagari (Hindi, Marathi), Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada, Bengali, Assamese, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Oriya, Sanskrit, Diacritic Roman, Sinhalese, Bhutanese, Nepali, Tibetan. Useful type catalogs in PDF for Devnagari (Hindi, Marathi), Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada, Bengali, Assamese, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Oriya, Sanskrit, Diacritic Roman, Sinhalese, Bhutanese, Nepali, Tibetan, PersoArabic (Urdu Open Type, Kashmiri Open Type, Sindhi Open Type, Nashir True Type fonts). Type subpages with catalogs. The Indian Script FOnt Code (ISFOC) standards were invented by CDAC for their software products, Most of their fonts follow this standard. Scans from 1996: Swastik, Zodiac signs, National heroes, Dashavtar. [Google] [More]  ⦿

CDAC fonts for Tamil

Free Tamil fonts by CDAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Pune University Campus, Ganesh Khind, Pune, India): TAB-Abhirami-Bold, TAB-Abhirami-BoldItalic, TAB-Amala-Bold, TAB-Amala-BoldItalic, TAB-Appar-Bold, TAB-Appar-BoldItalic, TAB-Chandra-Bold, TAB-Chandra-BoldItalic, TAB-Heena-Bold, TAB-Heena-BoldItalic, TAB-Ilango-Bold, TAB-Ilango-Normal, TAB-Kamban-Bold, TAB-Kamban-BoldItalic, TAB-Kannadasan-Bold, TAB-Kannadasan-BoldItalic, TAB-Komala-Bold, TAB-Nambi-Bold, TAB-Nambi-Italic, TAB-Nambi-Normal, TAB-Nambi-BoldItalic, TAB-Pattinathar-Bold, TAB-Pattinathar-Italic, TAB-Pattinathar-Normal, TAB-Pattinathar-BoldItalic, TAM-Abhirami-Bold, TAM-Abhirami-BoldItalic, TAM-Amala-Bold, TAM-Amala-BoldItalic, TAM-Appar-Bold, TAM-Appar-BoldItalic, TAM-Chandra-Bold, TAM-Chandra-BoldItalic, TAM-Heena-Bold, TAM-Heena-BoldItalic, TAM-Ilango-Bold, TAM-Ilango-Normal, TAM-Kamban-Bold, TAM-Kamban-BoldItalic, TAM-Kannadasan-Bold, TAM-Kannadasan-BoldItalic, TAM-Komala-Bold, TAM-Nambi-Bold, TAM-Nambi-Italic, TAM-Nambi-Normal, TAM-Nambi-BoldItalic, TAM-Pattinathar-Bold, TAM-Pattinathar-Italic, TAM-Pattinathar-Normal, TAM-Pattinathar-BoldItalic. Their Opentype fonts: GISTTMOTAbhiramiBoldItalic, GISTTMOTAbhiramiBold, GISTTMOTAmalaBoldItalic, GISTTMOTAmalaBold, GISTTMOTApparBoldItalic, GISTTMOTApparBold, GISTTMOTChanakyaBoldItalic, GISTTMOTChanakyaBold, GISTTMOTChanakyaItalic, GISTTMOTChanakyaNormal, GISTTMOTChandraBoldItalic, GISTTMOTChandraBold, GISTTMOTHeenaBoldItalic, GISTTMOTHeenaBold, GISTTMOTIlangoBold, GISTTMOTIlangoNormal, GISTTMOTKannadasanItalic, GISTTMOTKannadasanNormal, GISTTMOTKannagiBoldItalic, GISTTMOTKannagiBold, GISTTMOTKalyaniBoldItalic, GISTTMOTKalyaniBold, GISTTMOTKamalBoldItalic, GISTTMOTKamalBold, GISTTMOTKamalItalic, GISTTMOTKamalNormal, GISTTMOTKomalaBoldItalic, GISTTMOTKomalaBold, GIST-TMOTKrishnan-Bold, GISTTMOTKumudamNormal, GISTTMOTLalithaBoldItalic, GISTTMOTLalithaBold, GISTTMOTLalithaItalic, GISTTMOTLalithaNormal, GIST-TMOTMadhura-Bold, GISTTMOTMinaBold, GISTTMOTNambiBoldItalic, GISTTMOTNambiBold, GISTTMOTNambiItalic, GISTTMOTNambiNormal, GISTTMOTPadmaBold, GISTTMOTPadmaNormal, GIST-TMOTParvathi-BoldItalic, GIST-TMOTParvathi-Bold, GIST-TMOTPattinathar-BoldItalic, GIST-TMOTPattinathar-Bold, GIST-TMOTPattinathar-Italic, GIST-TMOTPattinathar-Normal, GIST-TMOTSuman-BoldItalic, GIST-TMOTSuman-Bold. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free Tamil fonts made in 2005: GIST-TMOTKrishnan-Bold, GIST-TMOTKrishnan-Bold, GIST-TMOTMadhura-Bold, GIST-TMOTMadhura-Bold, GIST-TMOTParvathi-Bold, GIST-TMOTParvathi-Bold, GIST-TMOTParvathi-BoldItalic, GIST-TMOTParvathi-BoldItalic, GIST-TMOTPattinathar-Bold, GIST-TMOTPattinathar-Bold, GIST-TMOTPattinathar-BoldItalic, GIST-TMOTPattinathar-BoldItalic, GIST-TMOTPattinathar-Italic, GIST-TMOTPattinathar-Italic, GIST-TMOTPattinathar-Normal, GIST-TMOTPattinathar-Normal, GIST-TMOTSuman-Bold, GIST-TMOTSuman-Bold, GIST-TMOTSuman-BoldItalic, GIST-TMOTSuman-BoldItalic, GISTTMOTAbhiramiBold, GISTTMOTAbhiramiBold, GISTTMOTAbhiramiBoldItalic, GISTTMOTAbhiramiBoldItalic, GISTTMOTAmalaBold, GISTTMOTAmalaBold, GISTTMOTAmalaBoldItalic, GISTTMOTAmalaBoldItalic, GISTTMOTApparBold, GISTTMOTApparBold, GISTTMOTApparBoldItalic, GISTTMOTApparBoldItalic, GISTTMOTChanakyaBold, GISTTMOTChanakyaBold, GISTTMOTChanakyaBoldItalic, GISTTMOTChanakyaBoldItalic, GISTTMOTChanakyaItalic, GISTTMOTChanakyaItalic, GISTTMOTChanakyaNormal, GISTTMOTChanakyaNormal, GISTTMOTChandraBold, GISTTMOTChandraBold, GISTTMOTChandraBoldItalic, GISTTMOTChandraBoldItalic, GISTTMOTHeenaBold, GISTTMOTHeenaBold, GISTTMOTHeenaBoldItalic, GISTTMOTHeenaBoldItalic, GISTTMOTIlangoBold, GISTTMOTIlangoBold, GISTTMOTIlangoNormal, GISTTMOTIlangoNormal, GISTTMOTKalyaniBold, GISTTMOTKalyaniBold, GISTTMOTKalyaniBoldItalic, GISTTMOTKalyaniBoldItalic, GISTTMOTKamalBold, GISTTMOTKamalBold, GISTTMOTKamalBoldItalic, GISTTMOTKamalBoldItalic, GISTTMOTKamalItalic, GISTTMOTKamalItalic, GISTTMOTKamalNormal, GISTTMOTKamalNormal, GISTTMOTKannadasanItalic, GISTTMOTKannadasanItalic, GISTTMOTKannadasanNormal, GISTTMOTKannadasanNormal, GISTTMOTKannagiBold, GISTTMOTKannagiBold, GISTTMOTKannagiBoldItalic, GISTTMOTKannagiBoldItalic, GISTTMOTKomalaBold, GISTTMOTKomalaBold, GISTTMOTKomalaBoldItalic, GISTTMOTKomalaBoldItalic, GISTTMOTKumudamNormal, GISTTMOTKumudamNormal, GISTTMOTLalithaBold, GISTTMOTLalithaBold, GISTTMOTLalithaBoldItalic, GISTTMOTLalithaBoldItalic, GISTTMOTLalithaItalic, GISTTMOTLalithaItalic, GISTTMOTLalithaNormal, GISTTMOTLalithaNormal, GISTTMOTMinaBold, GISTTMOTMinaBold, GISTTMOTNambiBold, GISTTMOTNambiBold, GISTTMOTNambiBoldItalic, GISTTMOTNambiBoldItalic, GISTTMOTNambiItalic, GISTTMOTNambiItalic, GISTTMOTNambiNormal, GISTTMOTNambiNormal, GISTTMOTPadmaBold, GISTTMOTPadmaBold, GISTTMOTPadmaNormal, GISTTMOTPadmaNormal.

In addition, there is an archive of other Tamil fonts: CK-Porppu, CK-Pozhil, CK-Puravi, CK-Saayal, CK-Thannali, SHREE_TAM_OTF_0807, SUNDARAM_0806, 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, TAB-Abhirami-Bold, TAB-Abhirami-BoldItalic, TAB-Amala-Bold, TAB-Amala-BoldItalic, TAB-Anna, TAB-Appar-Bold, TAB-Appar-BoldItalic, TAB-CK-Pinnal, TAB-Chandra-Bold, TAB-Chandra-BoldItalic, TAB-Heena-Bold, TAB-Heena-BoldItalic, TAB-Ilango-Bold, TAB-Ilango-Normal, TAB-Kamban-Bold, TAB-Kamban-BoldItalic, TAB-Kannadasan-Bold, TAB-Kannadasan-BoldItalic, TAB-Komala-Bold, TAB-Nambi-Bold, TAB-Nambi-BoldItalic, TAB-Nambi-Italic, TAB-Nambi-Normal, TAB-Pattinathar-Bold, TAB-Pattinathar-BoldItalic, TAB-Pattinathar-Italic, TAB-Pattinathar-Normal, TAB_CK-Aaezhai, TAB_CK-Aaranam, TAB_CK-Adavi, TAB_CK-Amilthu, TAB_CK-Andril, TAB_CK-Aniezhai, TAB_CK-Anil, TAB_CK-Arimma, TAB_CK-Ava, TAB_CK-Kazhal, TAB_CK-Malar, TAB_CK-Muzhavu, TAB_CK-Myil, TAB_CK-Nadhi, TAB_CK-Nerunal, TAB_CK-Pidi, TAB_CK-Porppu, TAB_CK-Pozhil, TAB_CK-Puravi, TAB_CK-Thoranam, TAB_CK-Umbar, TAB_CK-Vendhan, TAB_CK_Amar, TAM-Abhirami-Bold, TAM-Abhirami-BoldItalic, TAM-Amala-Bold, TAM-Amala-BoldItalic, TAM-Appar-Bold, TAM-Appar-BoldItalic, TAM-Chandra-Bold, TAM-Chandra-BoldItalic, TAM-Heena-Bold, TAM-Heena-BoldItalic, TAM-Ilango-Bold, TAM-Ilango-Normal, TAM-Kamban-Bold, TAM-Kamban-BoldItalic, TAM-Kannadasan-Bold, TAM-Kannadasan-BoldItalic, TAM-Komala-Bold, TAM-Nambi-Bold, TAM-Nambi-BoldItalic, TAM-Nambi-Italic, TAM-Nambi-Normal, TAM-Pattinathar-Bold, TAM-Pattinathar-BoldItalic, TAM-Pattinathar-Italic, TAM-Pattinathar-Normal, TAMLKamban-Normal, TAM_Aaranam, TAM_Adavi, TAM_Amar, TAM_Andril, TAM_Aniezhai, TAM_Aniezhai, TAM_Aniezhai, TAM_Anil, TAM_Arimma, TAM_Baamini, TAM_Kayel, TAM_Kazhal, TAM_Madali, TAM_Malar, TAM_Muzhavu, TAM_Myil, TAM_Nalinam, TAM_Nerunal, TAM_Nettill, TAM_Pidi, TAM_Pirai, TAM_Poorani, TAM_Salanam, TAM_Seerani, TAM_Tharanga, TAM_Thilagam, TAM_Thinnai, TAM_Thoon, TAM_Thoranam, TAM_Umbar, TAM_Vendhan, TAM_Visaalam, TAM_Vizhal, TAM_Yazh, TAM_Yeru, TAUElangoAbirami, TAUElangoAgasthiyar, TAUElangoAnjali, TAUElangoArunthathi, TAUElangoAsokan, TAUElangoAthithan, TAUElangoBarathi, TAUElangoBhoopalam, TAUElangoCheran, TAUElangoCholaa, TAUElangoDevi, TAUElangoDhanam, TAUElangoGanga, TAUElangoGodavari, TAUElangoGuntalakesi, TAUElangoJanani, TAUElangoJuliee, TAUElangoKabini, TAUElangoKalyani, TAUElangoKamban, TAUElangoKannagi, TAUElangoKapilan, TAUElangoKrishna, TAUElangoMadhavi, TAUElangoMalyamar, TAUElangoManimekalai, TAUElangoMarutham, TAUElangoMohanam, TAUElangoMullai, TAUElangoMuthu, TAUElangoNalina, TAUElangoNeelampari, TAUElangoPallavi, TAUElangoPanchali, TAUElangoPavalam, TAUElangoPriyanka, TAUElangoRagham, TAUElangoRathnam, TAUElangoRewathy, TAUElangoSabari, TAUElangoSankara, TAUElangoSenguttuvan, TAUElangoSurya, TAUElangoThemmangu, TAUElangoThilllana, TAUElangoTodi, TAUElangoVairam, TAUElangoValluvan, TAUElangoVasuki, TAUElangoVeena, Tam_Shakti_1, Tam_Shakti_2. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ceylon Online

Free Sinhala and Tamil truetype fonts: AKandyNew, AKandyNewSupplement, Kandy, KandySupplement, Matara-Supplement, MataraNormal. And Sinhala symbols and fonts information. [Google] [More]  ⦿

CFA: Singa-Tamil truetype fonts

AParanar and TML Kamalam are free truetype fonts offered at this site at the National University of Singapore. Fonts by Mr R. Kalaimani (distributed by THARAGAI TAMIL TRUETYPE FONTS, Astro Scientific Centre at The Singapore Science Centre). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chaitanya G

Chennai-based creator of the (Latin) sans typeface Spastha Sans (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chennai Kavigal

Free Tamil fonts by Chennai Kavigal, downloadable here (and partially here): TAB_CK-Aaezhai, TAB_CK-Umbar, TAB_CK-Nerunal, TAB_CK-Aniezhai, TAB_CK-Pidi, TAB-CK-Pinnal, TAB_CK-Porppu, TAB_CK-Pozhil, TAB_CK-Puravi, TAB_CK-Adavi, TAB_CK_Amar, TAB_CK-Ava, TAB_CK-Amilthu, TAB_CK-Andril, TAB_CK-Anil, TAB_CK-Arimma, TAB_CK-Vendhan, TAB_CK-Kazhal, TAB_CK-Malar, TAB_CK-Muzhavu, TAB_CK-Myil, TAB_CK-Nadhi, TAB_CK-Thoranam, TAB_CK-Aaranam, Tam_Shakti_1, TAM_Nalinam, TAM_Thoranam, TAM_Aaranam, TAM_Umbar, TAM_Vendhan, TAM_Visaalam, TAM_Vizhal, TAM_Yazh, TAM_Yeru, TAM_Thoon, Tam_Shakti_2, TAM_Thinnai, TAM_Nerunal, TAM_Nettill, TAMLKamban-Normal, TAM_Pidi, TAM_Aniezhai, TAM_Pirai, TAM_Poorani, CK-Porppu, CK-Pozhil, TAM_Kayel, CK-Puravi, CK-Saayal, TAM_Salanam, TAM_Seerani, TAM_Adavi, CK-Thannali, TAM_Tharanga, TAM_Thilagam, TAM_Baamini, TAM_Amar, TAM_Kazhal, TAM_Aniezhai, TAM_Andril, TAM_Anil, TAM_Arimma, TAM_Madali, TAM_Malar, TAM_Muzhavu, TAM_Myil, TAM_Aniezhai. This site carries the Tamil families TAM-Aaezhai, TAM-Ava and TAM-Nalinam, all dated 1996-2000.

R. Padmakumar's archive where one could find TAM_Aaranam (1999), TAM_Adavi (1999), TAM_Amar (1999), TAM_Amilthu (1999), TAM_Andril (1999), TAM_Aaezhai (1999), TAM_Aniezhai (1999), TAM_Nadhi (1999), TAM_Anil (1999), TAM_Arimma (1999), TAM_Ava (1999), TAM_Kazhal (1999), TAM_Kundram (1999), TAM_Madali (1999), TAM_Malar (1999), TAM_Muzhavu (1999), TAM_Myil (1999), TAM_Nalinam (1999), CK-Inayam (1999), CK-Inayama (1999), CK-Inayamo (1999), CK-Inayamsi (1999), CK-Net (1999), CK-Status (1997), CK-shun (1999), TAM_Kayel (1999). [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]  ⦿

D. Udaya Kumar

Dr. D. Udaya Kumar is an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India. He has a Ph.D. and Master's degree in Design from the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University. He worked as a design head of the magazine "Intelligent Computing CHIP". His areas of interest include Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Typography, Type Design with special focus on Tamil Typography and Architecture.

Designer of the new rupee symbol in 2010. The new symbol is a blend of the Devanagari "Ra" and the Roman capital "R" without the stem.

Speaker at ATypI 2012 in Hong Kong: Black and white in Indian typography. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Indian politics: typography. In that talk, he attempts to understand the usage of multicolor typography that challenges the conventional typography principles and norms. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daughters of the Nile
[Melinda Windsor]

Melinda Windsor from Ocala, FL (b. 1960) (but maybe also from Lincoln, NE), designed the occult dingbats font OccultDiary02 in 2001. Free Tamil fonts designed by her: KoothuCapsPlain, KoothuTamelTee, KoothuTamilFont, KoothuTamilFontBold, ThinaKoothuPowderCakes. Frigate (2001, Apostrophic Labs) is a display font family that includes kana characters as well. She is making a new font set, Plastic, at Apostrophic Labs. The Cyrillic/Latin version of Plastic No. 28 (2001). [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 Bangalore), 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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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]  ⦿


TABMalli is a Tamil font by Kumar Mallikarjunan (1998), based on Tamilnet. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Digital Research

Sri-Lankan outfit. They made the Tamil fonts Vavuniya (1998), aTamilApple_thin (1998), Mannaram (1998). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Digital Research Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka-based company that produces Tamil and Sinhala fonts. Among the Sinhala fonts, we have Kaputadotcom (2002; see also here and here) and Matara (1998), which can be found here. This page has, in addition, Jaffna (for Tamil), Kakamdotcom (2002, a Tamil font by Niranjan Meegammana, Digital Research Sri Lanka), and the Sinhala fonts Kaputa2004 and KaputaUnicode (2004, Efusion). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free Tamil font, Shree802. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dinamani Tamil Newspaper

The TMNews Tamil font in truetype and type 1, all platforms. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Tamil font DJ Mohan Normal. [Google] [More]  ⦿

DMK Tamil Font

Free Tamil truetype font, Vanavil-Alayarsi by NakSoft, 1994. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dr. Periannan Kuppusamy

Tamil typographer, who made Ananku Helvetica (1991), Anangu-Anjal, Anangu-Vallavar and Mylai-Anangu. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ELCOT: Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited

ELCOT is a A Government of Tamilnadu undertaking. The Governmaent bought fonts and font software from Vanavil Tamil Font at an exorbitant cost (in their own words), but standardization and cost forced them to start producing their own high quality free fonts for both Windows and Linux: ELCOT bought the TAM/TAB standardized Tamil fonts from Lastech Systems Private Limited, and secured full rights. Thus, ELCOT released these TAM/TAB fonts and some modified or converted derived fonts in 2007: ELCOT-ANSI, ELCOT-Bilingual, ELCOT-Kanchi, ELCOT-Kovai, ELCOT-Madurai, ELCOT-Salem, ELCOT-Thanjavur, ELCOT-Tirunelveli, ELCOT-Tiruvarur, ELCOT-Trichy, ELCOT-Unicode, ELCOT-Vellore, LT-ET-Ramya, TAB-ELCOT-Madurai, TAB-ELCOT-Salem, TAB-ELCOT-Tirunelveli, TAB-ELCOT-Tiruvarur, TAB-ELCOT-Trichy, TAB-LT-Lakshman, TAB-ELCOT-Kovai. Of these, only the LT and TAB series are useful for bilingual applications in Tamil and English. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Electronic Font Foundry (EFF)

Tamil fonts at EFF: EFF Tamil Light, Black and Black Condensed. A commercial product. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elmar Kniprath

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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. Download page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ernst Tremel

Ernst Tremel s based in Muenster, Germany. He designed a Devanagari font called ShiDeva that includes a "volt" table and many ligatures. His pages also cover Tamil, and one can download the ETTamilNew font. He also has a Kurdish font, as well as maps about the Kurds and about Indian languages. About the Kurdish font, he writes: Kurdish AllAlphabets contains 694 glyphs and 529 standard kern pairs: Latin, Cyrillic and Arabic script. There are OpenType tables for Arabic and embedded bitmaps included.

He joined the Open Font Library movement. He offers Ahuramazda there, which is an alphabet for the Avestan language: Avestan was an Iranian language in which the earliest Zoroastrian hymns were orally transmitted since 1500 BCE. Due to lingusitic change, fluency in Avestan as spoken a thousand years earlier was deteorating, and hence the need to write the language became increasingly apparent. By the 3rd century CE an alphabet was created to write down the ancient Avestan language.

OFL link. Alternate URL. And another URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

EssDee Softvarhouse

Software house that created the TBoomi (or ThinaBoomi) family of Tamil fonts (including Tboomih and Tboomis) in 1998-1999 which can be found here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ethno Multimedia
[Vijayakumar Sinnathurai]

Publisher of Indic fonts, who set up Ethno fonts. He studied mechanical engineering at University of Sri Lanka in Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1978) and chemical engineering at the University of Toronto (1981). He settled in Canada, and obtained a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto in 2005. He had a lifelong interest in mathematical modeling and type design. Vijayakumar died in 2017.

Some of his Tamil fonts could be found at R. Padmakumar's archive. In 2017, after his death, Vijayakumar's family granted me permission to place the collection on my site for free download. There are sometimes multiple versions of the same font, with minor changes. All of these are included too. The list:

  • Aabohi Adaanaa (1993)
  • Anantha Shanmugathas (1993, with Ranjan Shivakumar&EPICS)
  • Ananthabairavi (1994, with Ranjan Shivakumar)
  • Boopalam (1994)
  • Chunnakan (1995)
  • DenukaPC (1995)
  • Dheepa
  • Gayathri.
  • Geethapria (1993)
  • Hamsathvani (1995, with B. Gnanapandithan)
  • Hemawathy
  • Hindolam (1995)
  • Janaranjani
  • Kalyani (1994)
  • Kamaas (1993, with Ranjan Shivakumar)
  • Karaharapriya (1994)
  • Keeravani (1994, with B. Gnanapandithan)
  • Lathangi
  • Madhuvanthi (1992)
  • Mohanam (1993, with Ranjan Shivakumar)
  • Nagananthini (1994, with Nicolas)
  • Needhimathi (1995)
  • Ranjani (1992)
  • Rasihapriya (1993)
  • Sahaanaa (1995)
  • Sangeetha
  • Saraswathy (1993)
  • Sevvanthi
  • Sindhubairavi (1995)
Missing are Adankappidaari (1993, with Ranjan Shivakumar), Kilavi (1993), Malayamarutham (1994), Pichchaikari (1993, with Nicolas), Shanmugapriya (1993, with B. Gnanapandithan), Sindhu (1993), Sngarabaranam (1993), TML Helv Plain (1992).

His fonts were developed on Commodore 64, on which one could not make the long N (Moonu suzhi N) as a single character and the result was a non-symmetric placement of the pulli (the dot). Vijayakumar continued that style in his fonts so he could easily recognize his work anywhere. That asymmetric pulli also led to the demise of his typefaces. A link has been set up to raise funds for the Vijayakumar scholarship at the University of Toronto to honour his memory.

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[Fernando de Mello Vargas]

Graphic designer and illustrator Fernando de Mello Vargas (or: Fermello, or just, Fernando Mello) is located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is the designer (with Vicente Gil Filho) of the text typeface Mello Sans (2006). He graduated in 2007 from the University of Reading. His typeface at Reading is the joint Latin/Tamil family Frida. Frida Text won an award at Tipos Latinos 2008 for extensive text family. It also won an award at Tokyo TDC 2008. Fernando Mello joined Fontsmith in the summer of 2008: His background in multiple visual areas-namely architecture, typography, graphic design and illustration - influences his search for creating innovative and original, yet functional and well-constructed typefaces.

Fernando designed Adobe Tamil in 2012.

At Fontsmith, he and Jason Smith released FS Joey (an organic sans family) and FS Jack (a confident sans family that was awarded at Tipos Latinos 2010).

In 2008, he co-designed FS Silas Sans with Jason Smith, Bela Frank and Phil Garnham).

In 2011, he designed the FS Pimlico family at Fontsmith. FS Pimlico won an award at Tipos Latinos 2012.

In 2012, Jason Smith and Fernando Mello co-designed the sans typeface family FS Truman at Fontsmith. Still at Fontsmith, he published the 4-style text typeface FS Brabo in 2015---it is named after Brabo in Antwerp, where he was inspired by the Plantin Moretus museum and the garalde styles (Bembo, Garamond, Plantin). FS Brabo won an award at Tipos Latinos 2016.

FS Untitled (2016, Jason Smith and Fernando Mello) was developed for screens.

In 2017, he designed the incisive sans typeface FS Irwin that was inspired by New York City. Winner at Tipos Latinos 2018 of a type design award for FS Irwin.

In 2018, FS Industrie (with Phil Garnham) was released by Fontsmith. FS Industrie is a 70-style techno / mechanical sans family.

Codesigner with Jason Smith of FS Split Sans and FS Split Serif (2019). FS Split has a variable type option.

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Fernando de Mello Vargas

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First Singapore Tamil WWW Archive

Info on Tamil things, including fonts and software. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free Unicode Compatible Fonts for Sinhala and Tamil at this Sri Lamkan site. Contains the free font MalithiWeb (2004, Pushpananda Ekanayaka) for Sinhala. For Tamil, we find Code2001, TSCuthamba (2003, G. Chandrasekaran) and Latha (2001, Microsoft). [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]  ⦿

G. Chandrasekaran

Designer at Chennai Network of the free Tamil Unicode font TSCuthamba (2003). [Google] [More]  ⦿

G. Nagarjuna

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Gandhiji Font
[Payal Juthani]

Gandhi's spectacles provided inspiration to Mumbai-based Payal Juthani, who made Gandhiji Font (2010) for Devanagari, Latin, Gurmukhi, Tamil, Oriya, Kannada, Telugu, and Urdu. Nadine Pereira (Mumbai) showcases it on Behance. Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

George Hart

Designer of some early Hindi and Tamil public domain fonts in type 3 format. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Girish Dalvi

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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]  ⦿


141 Tamil fonts bundled in one zip file. [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. The original head honcho was Primoz Peterlin, the coordinator at the Institute of Biophysics of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2008, Steve White (aka Stevan White) took over.

  • 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).

    Fontspace link. Crosswire link for Free Monospaced, Free Serif and Free Sans. Download link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

  • 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]  ⦿

    Graphite Fonts

    This site has a number of free truetype fonts, such as SILDoulos PigLatinDemo (2000, Summer Institute of Linguistics), NeoAssyrianRAI (2001, a Sumero-Akkadian Cuneiform font by Karljuergen G. Feuerherm), DoulosSIL (2002, a big Unicode-compliant font), PadaukSuper (2003, Burmese font), Code2000 (2003, James Kass's huge unicode font; the version here is called Code2000 Tamil Graphite) Koli Nko Manden (1999, by the Fakoli Corporation for the West African language N'Ko). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Hal Schiffman

    Professor emeritus of Dravidian Linguistics and Culture Dept. of South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Tamil subpages. Codesigner with Thomas Ridgeway and Vasu Renganathan of wntamil, a free font for Tamil, ca. 1990. He writes: I worked together with Tom Ridgeway to design this font, at my instigation, since I needed it for my dictionary, and he knew METAFONT. (He did not know Tamil, although he did know Hindi.) We spent many Friday mornings designing the glyphs. He would write the code and run the program, and I would then critique it, and then we would run it again until we had an acceptable glyph. But I realize he thought of himself as the sole developer, which is why he registered it in his name. Afterwards we tweaked some of the glyphs, and Vasu Renganathan worked on later versions, too, so the authors of this font should be listed as myself, Ridgeway, and Vasu Renganathan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Haran Graph (or: Haran Fonts)

    Publisher of Tamil fonts, some of which can be found at R. Padmakumar's archive. These include Akarathi (1993), Amirutha (2001), Analai (1998), Baamini (1994), Bamini (1993), Kushpoo (1994), Eelamlead (1994), Rahasiam (1993), Kallar (1993), Kksblack (1993), Moderntamil (1994), Mullai (1993, see also here), Nallur (1993), Silapam (1993), Tamiltex (1996), Kalaham (1993), Trinco (1994), Alankaram (1994). The Bamini (1993) and Baamini (1994) fonts are here. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Free Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Sanskrit truetype fonts by C-CAD (Pune): KN-TTUma-Normal, SD-TTSurekh-Normal, TL-TTHemalatha-Normal, TM-TTValluvar-Normal. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Hindi Rinny

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


    Indevr20 is a free Tamil font made in 1996-1997, with copyright to The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. Tamal is a Sanskrit truetype family designed by Michael Best (Madhava Dasa). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Indian Express

    Makers of the Tamil font TMNEWS (1997), part of the zip file at this site. [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 Khand carries the Indian Type Foundry label.

    In 2015, Satya published Brahmos (a modular Latin typeface).

    In 2017, Fontstore / Fontshare published their high-contrast serif typeface Stardom. At Indian Type Foundry, Satya N. Rajpurohit designed Belur Kannada (2017, calligraphic) and Sandur Kannada (2017, a text typeface family).

    In 2018, he published the pixel family Ray and the humanist sans typeface family Litmus.

    Typefaces from 2019 by Rajpurohit: Author (humanist sans). Anonymous typefaces at ITF that year include Prachar (an all caps marker pen font).

    In 2021, ITF published the reverse stress neo-grotesk typeface families Clash Display and Clash Grotesk. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


    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).
    [Google] [More]  ⦿

    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]  ⦿

    [Karel Piska]

    All the fonts below were converted from Metafont into type 1 by Karel Piska in 2005-2006 using his own tools, METAPOST, FontForge and t1utils. Karel Piska is with the Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences, Prague.

    • Tibetan: Corff-ctib (originally by Sam Sirlin (1996) and Oliver Corff et al (1999-2002)).
    • Sinhala: Haralambous-sinbxa10, Haralambous-sinbxb10, Haralambous-sinbxc10, Haralambous-sinha10, Haralambous-sinhb10, Haralambous-sinhc10, all originally by Yannis Haralambous (1994) for The Wellcome Trust, London.
    • Malayalam: Hellingman-mm10, Hellingman-mm12, Hellingman-mm17, Hellingman-mm6, Hellingman-mm8, Hellingman-mmb10, Hellingman-mmb12, Hellingman-mmb17, Hellingman-mmc10, Hellingman-mmc12, Hellingman-mmc17, Hellingman-mmcb10, Hellingman-mmcb12, Hellingman-mmcb17, Hellingman-mmcsl10, Hellingman-mmcsl12, Hellingman-mmsl10, Hellingman-mmsl12, all originally by Jeroen Hellingman (1993-1998).
    • Kannada: Kannada-kan10, Kannada-kan10b, Kannada-kan10s, Kannada-kan11, Kannada-kan11b, Kannada-kan11s, Kannada-kan12, Kannada-kan12b, Kannada-kan12s, all by G.S. Jagadeesh & Venkatesh Gopinath (1991-1998).
    • Bengali: PalashPal-bang10, PalashPal-bangsl10, PalashPal-bangwd10, all by Palash Baran Pal (2001-2002).
    • Punjabi/Gurmukhi: Punjabi-pun10, by Hardip Singh Pannu (1991). Also Singh-grmk10, Singh-grmk12, Singh-grmk8, Singh-grmk9 by Amarjit Singh (1995).
    • Tamil: Ridgeway-wntml10 by Hal Schiffman, Vasu Renganathan and Thomas Ridgeway (1988-1991).
    • Telugu: Telugu-tel10, Telugu-tel100, Telugu-tel10b, Telugu-tel10s, Telugu-tel11, Telugu-tel11b, Telugu-tel11s, Telugu-tel12, Telugu-tel12b, Telugu-tel12s, Telugu-tel18 by Lakshmankumar Mukkavilli (1991-1997).
    • Hindi (Devanagari): Velthuis-dvng10, Velthuis-dvng8, Velthuis-dvng9, Velthuis-dvngb10, Velthuis-dvngb8, Velthuis-dvngb9, Velthuis-dvngbi10, Velthuis-dvngbi8, Velthuis-dvngbi9, Velthuis-dvngi10, Velthuis-dvngi8, Velthuis-dvngi9, Velthuis-dvpn10, Velthuis-dvpn8, Velthuis-dvpn9, VelthuisBombay-dvnb10, VelthuisBombay-dvnb8, VelthuisBombay-dvnb9, VelthuisBombay-dvnbb10, VelthuisBombay-dvnbb8, VelthuisBombay-dvnbb9, VelthuisBombay-dvnbbi10, VelthuisBombay-dvnbbi8, VelthuisBombay-dvnbbi9, VelthuisBombay-dvnbi10, VelthuisBombay-dvnbi8, VelthuisBombay-dvnbi9, VelthuisBombay-dvpb10, VelthuisBombay-dvpb8, VelthuisBombay-dvpb9, VelthuisCalcutta-dvnc10, VelthuisCalcutta-dvnc8, VelthuisCalcutta-dvnc9, VelthuisCalcutta-dvncb10, VelthuisCalcutta-dvncb8, VelthuisCalcutta-dvncb9, VelthuisCalcutta-dvncbi10, VelthuisCalcutta-dvncbi8, VelthuisCalcutta-dvncbi9, VelthuisCalcutta-dvnci10, VelthuisCalcutta-dvnci8, VelthuisCalcutta-dvnci9, VelthuisCalcutta-dvpc10, VelthuisCalcutta-dvpc8, VelthuisCalcutta-dvpc9, VelthuisNepali-dvnn10, VelthuisNepali-dvnn8, VelthuisNepali-dvnn9, VelthuisNepali-dvnnb10, VelthuisNepali-dvnnb8, VelthuisNepali-dvnnb9, VelthuisNepali-dvnnbi10, VelthuisNepali-dvnnbi8, VelthuisNepali-dvnnbi9, VelthuisNepali-dvnni10, VelthuisNepali-dvnni8, VelthuisNepali-dvnni9, VelthuisNepali-dvpnn10, VelthuisNepali-dvpnn8, VelthuisNepali-dvpnn9, all by Frans J. Velthuis et al (1991-2005) from the University of Groningen.
    • Sanskrit: Wikner-skt10, Wikner-skt8, Wikner-skt9, Wikner-sktb10, Wikner-sktbs10, Wikner-sktf10, Wikner-sktfs10, Wikner-skts10, all by Charles Wikner (1996-2002).
    Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    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).
    [Google] [More]  ⦿

    [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). Download page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    InProS (Intellectual Property Solutions)
    [Sunny Kallara]

    Indian language fonts for PC and Mac. There used to be a commercial web page based in Houston, TX, where one could purchase fonts for 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]  ⦿

    Instant Data Systems

    Designers of the following Tamil fonts: IdsTamilTG1Bold, IdsTamilTG2Bold, IdsTamilTG2BoldItalic, IdsTamilTG2Italic, IdsTamilTG2Normal, IdsTamilTG4Bold, IdsTamilTG4BoldItalic, IdsTamilTG4Italic, IdsTamilTG4Normal, IdsTamilTG5Italic, IdsTamilTG5Normal, IdsTamilTG6Bold, IdsTamilTG6BoldItalic, all made in 1993. These can be found here. [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]  ⦿

    IRDU, Centre for the Arts&National University of Singapore

    TAMILNET.ttf (version 1.0) True Type Font (trial version free) by Naa Govindasamy. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Free Tamil font, called Irusu (2005). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    [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]  ⦿


    The Tamil font Jaffna. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jameel M. Salih

    Designer of the Tamil font Topaz which can be found here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Janmeja Singh Johl

    Famous Sikh photographer. Designer of the font BJanmeja5A. Free Punjabi font (Janmeja2920a (2002)). Ads for Elfring and Linotype. Other free fonts at the site: JanmejaGujratiNormal JanmejaKanadaNormal JanmejaMalyalamNormal JanmejaOriyaNormal JanmejaSinhalaNormal JanmejahindiThin JanmejaTeluguNormal, all made by him in 1997. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    The free Tamil truetype font Sarukesi (1997, TamilSoft). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jeyachandran Kopinath

    This used to be a beautiful and simply fantastic web page on typography, with absolutely gorgeous Tamil fonts designed by Sri Lankan Jeyachandran Kopinath (OviyaResearch in Fantoft, Norway): Tamilini, HuntPR, Gonsalves, Tamilweb (1998). Some of the fonts are here. Last known live link (now dead). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jeyatheepan Ulagapiragasam

    [More]  ⦿

    Joana Maria Correia da Silva
    [Nova Type Foundry]

    [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    John D. Smith

    John D. Smith works at the University of Cambridge. His site offers a wide selection of roman fonts with added accents for Sanskrit and Pali. For both PCs and Macs, TrueType and PostScript type 1, and both CSX and Norman encodings. The free fonts include the csx+ family of Sanskrit fonts, and fonts implementing the character set designed by Professor K. R. Norman for Romanised text in Indian languages. Of interest also are two utilities, mkt1font and vpl2vpl, to generate accented type 1 fonts from existing type 1 fonts. A partial list of fonts: Courier_CSX+-Bold, Courier_CSX+-BoldItalic, Courier_CSX+-Italic, Courier_CSX+, Courier_CARB-Bold, Courier_CARB-BoldItalic, Courier_CARB-Italic, Courier_CARB, Helvetica_CSX+-Bold, Helvetica_CSX+-BoldItalic, Helvetica_CSX+-Italic, Helvetica_CSX+, Helvetica_CARB-Bold, Helvetica_CARB-BoldItalic, Helvetica_CARB-Italic, Helvetica_CARB, NCS_CSX+-Bold, NCS_CSX+-BoldItalic, NCS_CSX+-Italic, NCS_CSX+, NCS_CARB-Bold, NCS_CARB-BoldItalic, NCS_CARB-Italic, NCS_CARB, Palatino_CSX+-Bold, Palatino_CSX+-BoldItalic, Palatino_CSX+-Italic, Palatino_CSX+, Palatino_CARB-Bold, Palatino_CARB-BoldItalic, Palatino_CARB-Italic, Palatino_CARB, Times_CSX-Bold, Times_CSX-BoldItalic, Times_CSX-Italic, Times_CSX+-Bold, Times_CSX+-BoldItalic, Times_CSX+-Italic, Times_CSX+, Times_CSX-Roman, Times_CARB-Bold, Times_CARB-BoldItalic, Times_CARB-Italic, Times_CARB, TimesNormanBold, TimesNormanBoldItalic, TimesNormanItalic, TimesNormanRoman. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Jonny Pinhorn

    Jonathan (Jonny) Pinhorn is a British type designer and India enthusiast who obtained an MA in typeface design from The University of Reading (2009), based on his typeface Venkat. From 2011-2015, he worked for Indian Type Foundry in Ahmedabad, India. Jonathan is currently located in Birmingham, UK. He is working on Venkat Tamil. His typefaces:

    • The free grotesque typeface Karla (2012, Google Fonts). Github link for Karla.
    • Saguna (2013, Indian Type Foundry). For Gujarati.
    • Teko (2014, jointly with Manushi Parikh). Published at Google Fonts and Indian Type Foundry. Teko is an Open Source typeface that currently supports the Devanagari and Latin scripts. This font family has been created for use in headlines and other display-sized text on screen. Five font styles make up the initial release.
    • Kalam (2014, with With Lipi Raval). Published by Google Fonts and Indian Type Foundry). Kalam is a handwriting-style typeface supporting the Devanagari and Latin scripts. The fonts have each been optimised for text on screen. Each font contains 1,025 glyphs, which includes many unique Devanagari conjuncts.
    • The sans typeface Karmilla (2015). A ree at Open Font Library and Github.
    • The Peignotian typeface Quilon (2015). A free version is available at Fontshare.
    • The grotesk typeface family Caravel (2015, Indian Type Foundry).
    • The geometric-but-not-quite-monolinear Touche (2015, Indian Type Foundry).
    • Tillana =(2015). Done with Lipi Raval, Tillana is a casual angular script typeface for Latin and Devanagari.
    • The free Latin / Devanagari geometric sans typeface Poppins (2015). The Devanagari is by Ninad Kale. The Indian Type Foundry first published Poppins in 2014. Github link. This geometric family is nearly monolinear. Anderson University recommends it as a replacement for Zuzanna Licko's Mr Eaves XL Modern. The free font Ulagadi Sans (2014-2017) is derived by Cristiano Sobral and stripped of the devanagari component.
    • The creamy typeface Shrikhand (2015, Google Fonts). This typeface covers Latin and Gujarati.
    • Atithi. A Gurmukhi companion to Cadson Demak's Athiti Latin and Thai typeface.
    • DM Sans (2019). DM Sans is a low-contrast geometric sans serif design, intended for use at text sizes. DM Sans supports a Latin Extended glyph set, enabling typesetting for English and other Western European languages. It was released by Colophon Foundry (UK), starting from the Latin portion of ITF Poppins. Free at Google Fonts.
    • Betinya Sans (2019).

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

    K. Senthurkumaran

    Designer of the Tamil font NanthiniTSC (1999). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    K. Srinivasan

    Designer of the Inuktitut font called Inuktitut-Sri (1996). Resident of St. Bruno, Quebec, he also made the Tamil fonts Valai-Sri (1997), Mylai-Sri (1996), Sri-TSC (1998), TSC-Sri (2001), Adhawin-Tamil. Some of these fonts are here and here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Kalapi Gajjar-Bordawekar
    [Universal Thirst]

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    Kalathan Yoganathan

    Designer of Tamil Canadian (1997). [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Free Kalki (Tamil) truetype font at the Kalki Weekly. By Silex Technologies&Bharathan Publication. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Kamban Software

    Kamban Software in Blacktown, NSW, Australia, offers free Tamil fonts: TAMKadambri (1999), TAMKalyani (1999), TAMLKamban (1999), TAMMaduram (1999), MaduramTSC (1998), and TABMaduram (1999). MaduramTSC is made (by Vasu Devan). They also published a free Unicode font for many South Asian languages, Akshar unicode. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Karambir Singh Rohilla

    Graduate of Rajasthan University. 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.

    In 2015, Rohilla created the phonetic typeface Unspell and the experimental Ink Save Font.

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

    Karel Piska

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    Kathal Net

    A free Tamil truetype font, Baamini (1993, Hagan Graph). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Kathala Net

    Tamil font archive. Has, e.g., Bamini-Plain, DenukaPC, Dheepa-Plain, EELANADU-byAharamFonts, ELANGO-TML-Panchali-Normal, Hamsathvani-Regular, Hindolam-Regular, Karaharapriya-Regular, Kamaas-Regular, Lathangi-Regular, Nattai-Regular, Needhimathi-Regular, Ranjani-Plain, Rathnangi-Regular, Sangeetha-Regular, Saraswathy-Plain, Sahaanaa-Regular, Sevvanthi-Regular, Sindhubairavi-Regular, Thodiragam-Regular, Boopalam-Regular, Cheithi2, Kurinji-Regular, KalkiNormal, LT-TM-Kurinji, Saraswathy-Regular, Vikatan, JaffnaNormal. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    [Sebastian Losch]

    German type designer, who created the informal bouncy sans typeface Jolly in 2011.

    In 2013, Sebastian graduated from the MATD program of the University of Reading. His graduation typeface was Teras, which he describes as follows: Teras (Greek for monster) is a kindheartedly vicious creature. It has a strong affinity for an entire range of typographic encounters, is highly articulate, slightly deformed, fierce and roughly eight feet tall. Due to its Arabic, Greek, Latin and Tamil background, every syllable it utters is a mongrel mouthful of a variety of cultural influences. It is also an exploration into the alternative type family, which in the upright mutates from a serif light weight into a sans serif black and the reversed procedure in the italics. The symbiosis of the four scripts is achieved principally by making the Latin flared, lapidary, open to conversation with its curvier peers.

    Bressay (Dalton Maag), a Scotch roman co-designed in 2015 by Tom Foley, Sebastian Losch, and Spike Spondike (design lead by Stuart Brown), won an award at TDC 2016.

    Aktiv Grotesk, a Dalton Maag typeface, was extended to cover Indic languages by Sebastian Losch and Kalapi Gajjar-Bordawekar. It won an award at Granshan 2016.

    In 2017, Francesca Bolognini and Sebastian Losch co-designed the ribbon calligraphy font Volina at Dalton Maag. Tom Foley and Sebastian Losch published the rounded slab serif typeface family Gelo at Dalton Maag in November 2017.

    He set up his own foundry, Kilotype, in 2018. His fonts there include Frequenz (2018), Oldschool Grotesk (2019, by William Montrose), Queens (2019: a display type sysyem with several widths), and Sequenz (2018). In 2020, he added Queens Air (+Condensed, +Compressed). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    KiruKannan Tamil

    Tamil fonts: Jeyatharsan-Plain (KKGrapteks, 1999), InaiMathi (CACHE Enterprise, 1995), Mylai-Sri-Regular (K. Srinivasan, 1996), New-KannanText (S. Kannan, 1998), Sathiy (S. Kannan, 1996). [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Creator of the Tamil font Jeyatharsan-Plain (1999), which can be found here and here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Kruti Tamil

    The Tamil font Kruti Tamil 080 (1997). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Kulasegaram Sanchayan

    Kulasegaram Sanchayan made some Tamil fonts such as KSAvvaiyarNormal and KS_Kamban Normal.They are included in the zip file at this site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Kumar Mallikarjunan

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    Kuppuswamy Kalyanasundaram

    Tamil font page by K. Kalyanasundaram, who created the Mylai Tamil font (the monospaced MylaiTSC is here). Lots of explanations and links. This archive has the Tamil fonts TSCMylai (1998), MylaiFixTSC (1998) and MylaiTSC (1996-2001). See here for TabMylai (1995). [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Expensive Tamil font set called LaserTamil, sold by Linguist's Software. Based in Edmonds, WA. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Free Tamil, Devanagari, Telugu and Malayalam fonts. "Lastech is a Madras-based software company specializing in the areas of Desk-top publishing, Presentation graphics&Imageprocessing." [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Tamil fonts and utilities for the X Windows system. Maintained by Gnanasekaran Swaminathan. The BDF fonts are based on Wntamil developed by Hal Schiffman, Vasu Renganathan and Thomas Ridgeway. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Live Tamil Networks

    About 250 Tamil fonts in this archive. [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:

    [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Malai Sudar

    Pick up the free Tamil font SUDAR-N. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Manushi Parikh

    Indian type designer associated with the Indian Type Foundry. Manushi's typefaces:

    • Torrent (2015). An angular wedge serif text typeface with large x-height.
    • Director (2015). A modular Latin techno typeface family.
    • Begum (2015; a text typeface related to Caslon, Fleischmann or Times). It supports Latin, Devanagari and Tamil. In 2020, he added Begum Sans, a tapered lapidary high-contrast sans inspired by Florentine inscriptional lettering during the Renaissance; developed together with Heidi Rand Sørensen.
    • Teko (2014: Google Fonts). Teko is an Open Source typeface that currently supports the Devanagari and Latin scripts. This font family has been created for use in headlines and other display-sized text on screen. Five font styles make up the initial release. Codesigned with Jonny Pinhorn.
    • Hind (2014: Google Fonts). Hind is an Open Source typeface supporting the Devanagari and Latin scripts. Developed explicitly for use in User Interface design, the Hind font family includes five humanist sans styles. Each font in the Hind family has 1146 glyphs, which include hundreds of unique Devanagari conjuncts. These ensure full support for the major languages written with the Devanagari script. Codesigned with Satya Rajpurohit.
    • 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.
    • Mute (2015, Indian Type Foundry). A humanist sans family in the spirit of Jim Lyles's Prima Sans.
    • Hind Guntur (2015) is a free Google Font designed by Manushi Parikh and Hitesh Malaviya at Indian Type Foundry for use in Telugu. Github link.
    • At Type@Paris 2016, Manushi Parikh designed the contemporary slab serif typeface Format.
    • Manushi Parikh and Barbara Bigosinska released the octagonal athletics font Fielder at Indian Type Foundry in 2019. Somehow this octagonal typeface seems to have been evolved into the 5-style free typeface Nippo at Fontshare.
    • Chillax (2019-2021) is a free 6-style monolinear minimalist geometric Bauhaus sans family that comes with a variable font on the side.
    • Diodrum Rounded (2020, by Manushi Parikh, Jérémie Hornus, Clara Jullien and Alisa Nowak). A spurless organic sans family.
    • Syphon (2020: a neo-grotesk).
    • Pencerio (2021). A hairline monolinear Spencerian script.
    [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Marcelo Magalhães Pereira
    [Tipos Pereira Type Foundry]

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    Maruti Computers Ltd

    Commercial Indian font maker covering Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, and soon also Telugu and Kannada. The font names start with MCL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Melinda Windsor
    [Daughters of the Nile]

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    Michael Best

    Many free Sanskrit-diacritic typefaces here, all designed by Murari Dasa (was Madhava Dasa), aka Michael Best, who is the oldest son of Pratyatosa Dasa. The fonts: Tamal (1993, based on Times Ten), Bhaskar (NewBaskerville), Devanagari (well, this is a true Devanagari font done in 1995), Drona (Dutch), Garuda (FuturaCondensed), Gaudiya (Goudy), Hladini (Helvetica), Karuna (Courier), Shanti (Sabon), Avatar (Avenir), Bhimasena (Benguiat), Gauranga (FormalScript), Kunti (KuenstlerScript), Kurma (Cooper), Uttama (University Roman), Yama (TempHeavyCondensed). In 1996-1997, Best designed the Tamil font Indevr20, with copyright to The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. All his fonts on one zip file. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Micro Mart

    Maker of free Tamil fonts: TAB_Thunaivan (2000), TAM_Thunaivan (2000), TSC_Thunaivan (2002), Thunaivan (2000), ThunaivanTSC (2002). [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. Meiryo is a modern sans serif Japanese typeface developed by Microsoft to offer an optimal on screen reading experience and exceptional quality in print. The Japanese letterforms are generously open and well-proportioned; legible and clear at smaller sizes, and dynamic at larger display sizes. The beauty of Meiryo is that it sets text lines in Japanese with Roman seamlessly and harmoniously. Meiryo was designed by a team including C&G Inc., Eiichi Kono, Matthew Carter and Thomas Rickner. It won a 2007 type design prize from the Tokyo Type Directors.
    • 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).
    [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]  ⦿


    Dead link. We used to have here a 9MB gunzip file with about 500 fonts. Included were the Roger White font collection (1993-1994, about 100 fonts in all), most David Rakowski fonts, many fonts by Reasonable Solutions (a cheap CD maker?), as well as the following fonts by individuals: AlexAntiquaBook (Carlos Alexandre, 1992), Alexandria (Hank Gillette, 1990), Alpine (Bill Horton, 1989), ArenskiLengyar (A. Mendoza, modified by M. Kloczewiak), Artlookin (Stephen Moye, 1991), Ashley (Peter Jensen, 1991), BlackChancery (Douglas Miles Jnr, not be confused with the famous Black Chancery font), Blockboys (Robert Schenk, 1994), Brassfield (Sterling Court Publishing, 1991), Charlie Chan (Ronnie R. Higgins Jnr), Chesslaer (Tom C. Lai, 1991), ChopinOpenFace (A. Mendoza), Cló Gaelach (Colum Twomey, 1993), Crystal (Jerry Fitzpatrick, 1995), Debussy (A. Mendoza), Deusex (Francis X. Mahoney Jnr), DominoEffect (David Rakowski, 1989), Faktos (Cory Maylett, 1992), FletcherGothic (Alan Carr), Fleurons (Stephen Moye, 1991, based on A Suite of Fleurons by John Ryder), Goethe (Allen R. Walden, 1993), GoodCityModernPlain (A.S.Meit, 1991, a Fraktur font based on J. Gutenburg's 42 line Bible), GraphicLight (Richard Mitchell), Greenowic-Narrow (Jim Fordyce, 1993), Gregorian-HTNormal (Ronnie R. Higgins, Jr, 1989), Gregorian-HollowNormal (Ronnie R. Higgins, Jr, 1994), HTEBasicCyrillicNormal (Ted Holden, 1991), HandwriteInkblot (Icon Design, 1991), Kellnear (Stephen Moye, 1991), KennonItalic (Sterling Court Publishing, 1991), KhachaturianCapitals (A. Mendoza), LED-FontHC (Peter S. Bryant, 1994), LSCScriptMedium (Leroy Chen, 1992), Lichtner (Stephen Moye, 1991), Lightpainter Richard Mitchell, 1994), LiquidCrystal (Peter Jensen, 1991), LombardoBeneventan (George Williams, 1988), LombardocMedium (A.S. Meit, 1991), Musgrave (Futhark runes by Michael Everson, 1994), Neon-Lights (Allen R. Walden, 1994), Old-Bold (Sterling Court Publishing, 1991), Paganini Lengyar (A. Mendoza, modified by M. Kloczewiak), Palladam (a Tamil font by T. Govindaraj, 1990), ParsZiba (Tooraj Enayati, 1993), Partridge-Thin (Sam Wang, 1994), Pheasant (Neil R. Manausa, 1992), PsychedelicSmoke (Walter Kafton-Minkel, 1990), RunesOfPower (Tarry A. Higgins), Sapir (Eric Schiller, 1991), Schneller (Tom C. Lai, 1991), ShalomScript (Jonathan Brecher, 1992), Silicon-Valley (Jim Ratliff, 1991). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Monotype: All languages

    Monotype sells fonts for the following languages: Amharic, Aksara Kaganga, Arabic, Armenian, Balinese, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Coptic, Devanagari (Hindi/Marathi/Nepali), Farsi, Georgian, Glagolitic, Gujerathi, Gurmukhi (Punjabi), Hebrew, Japanese, Javanese, Jawi, Kannada, Korean, Laotian, Lontarak, Malayalam, Old Bulgarian, Oriya, Pushto, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Surat Pustaha, Syriac, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Monotype: Tamil

    Tamil fonts at Agfa Monotype: Monotype Tamil (280 Light, 580, 708 Medium, 340 Bold), ITR Cheran, ITR Cholan, ITR Nedumaran, ITR Nellai, ITR Palm Leaf, ITR Pandyan, ITR Vijayan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Mr. Anbarasan

    Designer of the Tamil font TAB-LFS-Kamban Normal (1999) which can be found here. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Tamil font links. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Free Tamil font LT-TM-Mullai by Lastech (1992). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Mumbai--Bombay Pages

    Tamil font links. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    [Muthu Nedumaran]

    Murasu is a Tamil Software company based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia run by Muthu Nedumaran, a graduate of the TDi program at the University of Reading, UK, 2017. Neduraman is based in Selangor, Malaysia and in Singapore. He designed the Telugu font family Vani in 2008 for Microsoft Windows. He also made the free Tamil fonts here as part of the Murasu Anjal software pack. InaimathiTSC (proportional) and ArulmathiTSC (fixed width) were developed by Muthu Nedumaran and come with the integrated tool Murasu Anjal 2.0, which also contains an integrated editor, keyboard drivers and conversion tools. For TSCu_InaiKathir, see here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Muthu Nedumaran

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    MylaiOssai is a Tamil font generated by "Vijay" in 1998. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Naa Govindasamy

    Designer of the free Tamil truetype fonts TAMILFIX and TAMILNET (1995). [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Tamilnet truetype font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Nalinam Tamil Computer Homepage

    Tamil site. Maintained by Sivagurunathan Chinniah. No direct links to fonts, but useful info anyway. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Natanael Gama
    [Ndiscover (or: Ndiscovered; was: Natenine Type)]

    [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Ndiscover (or: Ndiscovered; was: Natenine Type)
    [Natanael Gama]

    Ndiscovered (and before that, Natenine Type) is Natanael Gama's site in Lisbon (earlier, in Caldas da Rainha), Portugal. Born in 1988, Natanael's first font is Chumbo (2010). Joana Correia joined forces in Ndiscovered.

    In 2011, Natanel Gama designed Intimacy and Exo (free at Google Web Fonts). Free download. Exo is a rounded techno font family in 9 styles. See also Exo2 at Google Web Fonts, Open Font Library, and Fontspace. In 2015, he added the futuristic slab serif Exo Slab Pro and the beautiful rounded elliptical Exo Soft. A custom version of Exo2 was developed for Dutch Tv Channel BNNVARA in 2017. The free Ezarion (2018) completes the Exo2 family.

    In 2012, he added the roman inscription style typeface family Cinzel, classic, well-proportioned and just drop dead gorgeous. And free. See also Google Web Fonts and the CTAN site. There is also the Cinzel Decorative subfamily, and a flowery decorative caps version of this by Nguyen Luan (2018).

    Typefaces from 2013: Genica (a tweetware signage script).

    Typefaces from 2014: Genica Pro, Mangerica, Mangerica Italic. Definitely, a very Latin sans, described by Natanael as follows: This design incorporates different styles into a consistent look. A pinch of script, a little of geometric and some humanist shapes as well create a very distinguishable sans-serif.

    Typefaces from 2015: Taylor Sans (free at Open Font Library).

    In 2016, Joana Correia and Natanael Gama co-designed the Latin / Tamil typeface Arima Madurai (free at Google Fonts). Their Arima Koshi (2016) covers Tamil, Malayalam and Latin. In 2016, Joana Correia and Natanael Gama co-designed the connected typeface Tidy Script at Indian Type Foundry.

    Typefaces from 2017: Bruta Pro (Natanael Gama), Bruta Global (Natanael Gama), Artigo Global (a Venetian typeface by Joana Correia), Artigo Pro (a Venetian typeface by Joana Correia).

    Typefaces from 2018: Opake (an experimental typeface in which the outlines are made with a single continuous looping curve), Feltro (brush script), Mastro Sans, Square Grotesk (free at Open Font Library), Point (a great geometric sans), Nazare.

    Typefaces from 2019: Worker 3D, Ribbon Generator (free), Nazare Exuberant, Point Soft (a rounded sans family), Worker (an industrial all caps font family).

    Typefaces from 2020: Thrillers (a display typeface for crime novel titles), Gluy (a 20-style almost geometric sans family that has a splendid hairline weight and a vigorous black style), Mastro (a 72-style text family with optical sizing).

    Typefaces from 2021: Sinete (interlocking monograms), Fastpen (a monoline script).

    Fontsquirrel link. Fontspace link. Behance link. Creative Market link. Another Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Neue Frutiger
    [Akira Kobayashi]

    Neue Frutiger was developed by Akira Kobayashi and the Monotype (ex-Linotype) Design Team, in 2018. An outgrowth of Adrian Frutiger's successful Frutiger font, this wayfinding family was split by Monotype into several packages:

    In 2019, the Linotype team developed and released the single variable font Neue Frutiger Variable. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    New Breed Software

    Free truetype fonts for Greek (Thryomanes by Herman Miller, 2002), Chinese (AR PL SungtiL GB by Arphic Design, 1999), Japanese (Kochi Gothic by Wadalab), Tamil (TSCu_Comic by Thukaram Gopalrao, 1999), Hebrew (Nachlieli Light by Maxim Iorsh, 2002) and Korean (Baekmuk Gulim by Hwan Design, 2000). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Niram Factory
    [Tharique Azeez]

    Niram Factory is run by Tharique Azeez, the London, UK and Sri Lanka-based designer of the commercial (originally, free) hand-drawn outline font Verumai (2014), the hand-drawn Solvanam (2014), the handcrafted Melampus (2014), the hand-drawn slab serif Amutham (2014), Aaram (2014, a monoline circle-based sans family), Rain & Neer (2014), the hand-drawn Ecstatic (2014), Nimiran (2014), Neythal (2014, free), Neythal Tamil (2014, free), Padagu (2014, a poster font), Besty (2014, a display typeface family), and the shaky hand font Rise Star Hand (2014). In 2011-2013, Kosala Senevirathne, Siva Puranthara, Lasantha Premarathna and Tharique Azeez co-designed the free stencil typeface family Post No Bills (Fontsquirrel link).

    Typefaces from 2015: Chaseera (a display sans with pizzazz), Neythal (free Comic Sans style Latin / Tamil typeface), Marziona (a gorgeous heavy brush font), Silgoumy (connected monoline script), Goldes, Tamil Didot.

    Typefaces from 2016: Icings (a free handcrafted typeface), Pavanam (a free Google Font for Latin (based on Vernon Adams's Pontano Sans) and Tamil; Github link), Kavinavar (a free Google Font for Latin and Tamil, whose slanted letterforms for Tamil are inspired by a manuscript by Kavivanar M. A. Azeez (1948-2002), a Tamil poet and educator who lived in Sri Lanka).

    Typefaces from 2017: Sofeeda (a free handcrafted typeface).

    Typefaces from 2021: Stick No Bills (a Latin / Sinhala font by Kosala Senevirathne, Siva Puranthara, Lasantha Premarathna and Tharique Azeez, Google Fonts, Mooniak).

    Dafont link. Fontspace link. Creative Market link [for buying his typefaces]. Behance link. Open Font Library link. Home page. Fontsquirrel link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Niranjan Meegammana

    Designer at Digital Research Sri Lanka of the Tamil font Kakamdotcom (2002). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Nithya Asokan

    Nithya Asokan (Gurgaon, India) created an untitled Tamil typeface in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    A large free font family released under the Apache license at Google Web Fonts, and developed by Monotype's Steve Matteson and a team of type designers. Designed between 2012 and 2016, this typeface covers over 800 languages and 100 writing scripts. URL with details. Noto stands for no tofu, i.e., no white boxes that represent unknown characters. 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 BokmÃ¥l, 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 Orya (for Odia), Noto Sans Bengali.

    Other typefaces in the package include Arima, , and Tinos.

    At CTAN, one can find Noto with full TeX support.

    At Open Font Library, one can download Noto Nastaliq Urdu (2014), which covers Arabic, Farsi, Pashto and Urdu.

    The fonts, as of October 2016: Noto Sans, Noto Serif, Noto Color Emoji, Noto Emoji, Noto Kufi Arabic, Noto Mono, Noto Naskh Arabic, Noto Nastaliq Urdu, Noto Sans Armenian, Noto Sans Avestan, Noto Sans Balinese, Noto Sans Bamum, Noto Sans Batak, Noto Sans Bengali, Noto Sans Brahmi, Noto Sans Buginese, Noto Sans Buhid, Noto Sans CJK JP, Noto Sans CJK KR, Noto Sans CJK SC, Noto Sans CJK TC, Noto Sans Canadian Aboriginal, Noto Sans Carian, Noto Sans Cham, Noto Sans Cherokee, Noto Sans Coptic, Noto Sans Cuneiform, Noto Sans Cypriot, Noto Sans Deseret, Noto Sans Devanagari, Noto Sans Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Noto Sans Ethiopic, Noto Sans Georgian, Noto Sans Glagolitic, Noto Sans Gothic, Noto Sans Gujarati, Noto Sans Gurmukhi, Noto Sans Hanunoo, Noto Sans Hebrew, Noto Sans HK, Noto Sans Imperial Aramaic, Noto Sans Inscriptional Pahlavi, Noto Sans Inscriptional Parthian, Noto Sans Javanese, Noto Sans Kaithi, Noto Sans Kannada, Noto Sans Kayah Li, Noto Sans Kharoshthi, Noto Sans Khmer, Noto Sans Lao, Noto Sans Lepcha, Noto Sans Limbu, Noto Sans Linear B, Noto Sans Lisu, Noto Sans Lycian, Noto Sans Lydian, Noto Sans Malayalam, Noto Sans Mandaic, Noto Sans Meetei Mayek, Noto Sans Mongolian, Noto Sans Myanmar, Noto Sans NKo, Noto Sans New Tai Lue, Noto Sans Ogham, Noto Sans Ol Chiki, Noto Sans Old Italic, Noto Sans Old Persian, Noto Sans Old South Arabian, Noto Sans Old Turkic, Noto Sans Oriya, Noto Sans Osmanya, Noto Sans Phags Pa, Noto Sans Phoenician, Noto Sans Rejang, Noto Sans Runic, Noto Sans Samaritan, Noto Sans Saurashtra, Noto Sans Shavian, Noto Sans Sinhala, Noto Sans Sundanese, Noto Sans Syloti Nagri, Noto Sans Symbols, Noto Sans Syriac Eastern, Noto Sans Syriac Estrangela, Noto Sans Syriac Western, Noto Sans Tagalog, Noto Sans Tagbanwa, Noto Sans Tai Le, Noto Sans Tai Tham, Noto Sans Tai Viet, Noto Sans Tamil, Noto Sans Telugu, Noto Sans Thaana, Noto Sans Thai, Noto Sans Tibetan, Noto Sans Tifinagh, Noto Sans Ugaritic, Noto Sans Vai, Noto Sans Yi, Noto Serif Armenian, Noto Serif Bengali, Noto Serif Devanagari, Noto Serif Georgian, Noto Serif Gujarati, Noto Serif Kannada, Noto Serif Khmer, Noto Serif Lao, Noto Serif Malayalam, Noto Serif Tamil, Noto Serif Telugu, Noto Serif Thai. Late additions include Noto Sans and Serif for Chinese, Japanese and Korean, developed at Adobe.

    In 2015, Adam Twardoch placed the Noto fonts on Github under the name Toto Fonts. A question of licenses. Toto Han fonts, 123MB worth of them. P>In 2018, Monotype published a fork of Noto Sans Display, called Avrile Sans (free at Open Font Library). See also Avrile Sans Condensed (2015) and Avrile Serif (2018).

    Github repositories. Open Font Library link. CTAN link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Nouffer Mohamed

    Nouffer Mohamed (Web masters International) made the Tamil font Lanka2000Normal (1998), part of the fonts in the zip file at this site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Nova Type Foundry
    [Joana Maria Correia da Silva]

    Graduate of the University of Reading in 2011, who was born in Porto, Portugal. Joana worked as an architect and graphic designer in Portugal. She currently lives in the UK and/or Porto, Portugal. Since 2011, she teaches type design at ESAD (Escola Superior de Artes e Design).

    In 2010, under the supervision of Dino dos Santos at ESAD, Joana designed an unnamed bastarda / chancery typeface that is based on originals by Francisco Lucas.

    Creator of the script typeface Violet (2011).

    Artigo (2011) is an angular type family for Latin, Hindi and Greek that was created during her studies at Reading. Artigo won Second Prize for Greek typefaces at Granshan 2011. It also won an award at TDC Typeface Design 2018. In 2017, Ndiscovered published Artigo Global and Artigo Pro. Artigo Display followed in 2018. In 2020, Nova Type Foundry republished Artigo, Artigo Display.

    In 2012, she published the didone text typeface Cantata One at Google Web Fonts. Quando (Google Web Fonts) is a serifed text typeface inspired by brushy handwritten letters seen on an Italian poster from the second world war.

    In 2013, at MSTF Partners, a Portuguese consultancy, she created Writers Font (2013). This is a script typeface by Joana Correia that combines the handwriting of famous Portuguese authors. For example the A is by José Luis Peixoto, the B by José Saramago and the C by António Lobo Antunes. Link with the story.

    Still in 2013, she showed an unnamed unicase sans typeface and participated in the Canberra typeface competition.

    In 2014, she made the round connected script typeface Jasmina FY (Fontyou), the Google Web Font Karma (for Latin and Devanagari: Karma is an Open Source multi-script typeface supporting both the Devanagari and the Latin script. It was published by the Indian Type Foundry; see also Open Font Library), and Canberra FY (at Fontyou: a short-serifed typeface family).

    In 2015, Adrien Midzic and Joana Correia co-designed Saya Serif FY. Still in 2015, she published the humanist sans typeface family Vyoma at Indian Type Foundry. Amulya (2015-2021) is another humanist sans, now in 8 styles with two variable fonts, published by Correia at Indian Type Foundry's Fontshare.

    In 2016, Joana Correia and Natanael Gama co-designed the Latin / Tamil typeface Arima Madurai (free at Google Fonts). Their Arima Koshi (2016) covers Tamil, Malayalam and Latin.

    In 2016, Joana Correia and Natanael Gama co-designed the connected typeface Tidy Script at Indian Type Foundry.

    In 2017, Joana published Laca Pro: Laca is a semi-sans serif inspired by retro Portuguese packaging of soaps. Laca is the Portuguese word for hairspray. Free download. Laca Text (2018) is a sans serif version of Laca. For Nova Type versions, see Laca (2019) and Laca Pro (2020). The latter versions cover Greek and Cyrillic as well.

    In 2018, Joana published the soft script typeface Lemongrass: It was inspired by brush lettering and the sea and the strong winds that exist in Porto.

    At Future Fonts, she released the didone typeface Alga (2019), in which ball terminals are replaced by genuflections.

    She was the principal designer of the sans family Varta (2019, Sorkin Type), which is available from Google Fonts and Github. Assistance of Viktoriya Grabowska and Eben Sorkin.

    Typefaces from 2020: Loretta (with Abel Martins; see also Future Fonts; Loretta is a low contrast text typeface that comes in 12 styles), Loretta (Future Fonts: a low contrast text typeface in 12 styles; by Joana Correia and Abel Martins).

    Interview in 2021. Behance link. Another Behance link. Old home page. Joana Correia link at Behance. Future Fonts link. Type Department link. Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Oviya Research

    Organization for Tamil typography. Includes an informative essay by Jeyachandran Kopinath. Last known live link (now dead). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Pathum Egodawatta

    Sri Lankan type designer who started the MATD program at Reading in September 2015. He set up a foundry in Sri Lanka in 2015 that published a few Sinhala + Latin libre font families in collaboration with Sri Lanka's only other foundry. Creator of Amma (2013-2015), an experimental fusion of Tamil and Sinhala letters. This project was started as Other-Letter by Pathum Egodawatta as a partial fulfillment of Final year Proffesional Collaboration module of the Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design) degree programme at Academy of Design, Colombo presented at Nothumbria Unversity, UK in July 2013.

    Pathum graduated from the MATD program in Type Design at the University of Reading in 2016. His graduation typeface was Maname about which he writes: Maname is a versatile typeface family made of nine compatible instances for multiscript publishing in Sinhala, Tamil and Latin. The family contains text and title styles in Latin, Sinhala and Tamil; a secondary text style for Sinhala and Latin italic style. The Sinhala and Tamil design explore the possibilities of novel stroke modulation, drawing inspiration from a variety of sources from early 19th century. Rather than providing predefined relationships between the styles and scripts, Maname intends to provide a family of compatible components with greater flexibility for typographers. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Paventhar Barathidasan

    One free Tamil font, TneriTSC.ttf. By the Tamilneri Association in Malaysia. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Payal Juthani
    [Gandhiji Font]

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    PhonScript Systems

    Outfit in Bangalore that, among many things, produces Tamil fonts. Included are TAM Auvaiyar (1995, a family), TAM Cheran (1995), TAM Kambar (1995). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Pondicherry News

    Free Tamil font TneriTSC by Arivan Fonts (1998). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Pravin Satpute

    Indian type tech person in Mumbai, who has calls himself an "internationalization engineer" and who has contributed to numerous free or open font projects, most notably the GNU Freefont project of the Free Software Foundation. Pravin Satpute, Bageshri Salvi, Rahul Bhalerao and Sandeep Shedmake added these Indic language ranges:

    • 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)
    Oriya was subsequently dropped from all GNU Freefont fonts. 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.

    Other fonts by him incude Meera (2007, a Malayalam font done with Hussain K H, Suresh P, and Swathanthra Malayalam Computing, a font in the Liberation Fonts collection, and fonts in the Lohit project. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Pria Adireddi
    [Pria Ravichandran]

    [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Pria Ravichandran
    [Pria Adireddi]

    Pria Ravichandran (formerly Pria Adireddi, b. 1984, India) studied type design at the University of Reading, class of 2011, and is now pursuing a PhD at the University of Reading focussing on the developemnt of typographic forms for the Kannada and Telugu scripts. She intends to relocate to Hamburg, Germany on completion of her Ph.D. and dedicate her time wholly to URW++.

    Her MA graduation typeface at reading was Tranquebar, which covers Latin and Tamil. In some places, this typeface is called The Herald. Pria also designed the free monolinear Latin / Devanagari typefaces Palanquin Dark and Palanquin in 2014 at Google Web Fonts that also covers Tamil, Bengali, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Burmese, Khmer, Gujarati, Gurumukhi, Sinhalese & Oriya. In addition, she designed an 11-script Indic companion in four weights for URW++'s Nimbus Sans (and thus Helvetica), that includes the following scripts: Tamil, Bengali, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Myanmar, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurumukhi, Sinhala & Oriya.

    Catamaran (2015) is a contemporay sans typeface family for Latin and Tamil. Github link for Catamaran.

    Neue Frutiger Tamil (2018) was created by Pria Ravichandran and a team of designers and font engineers from the Monotype Studio, under the direction of Monotype type director Akira Kobayashi.

    In 2019, at URW, she published the humanist sans typeface family Olivine.

    In 2021, Kostas Bartsokas, Mohamad Dakak and Pria Ravichandran set up Foundry 5 Limited where they released Peridot Latin (2022: a 121-strong sans superfamily by Kostas Bartsokas and Pria Ravichandran) and Peridot PE (2022: a 121-style sans superfamily by Kostas Bartsokas and Pria Ravichandran designed for branding, display, corporate use, editorial and advertising; it covers Latin, Greek and Cyrillic).

    Github link for Palanquin. In 2020, Eben Sorkin, Pria Ravichandran, Inga Ploennigs and Dan Reynolds co-designed the sans family Karow at URW. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Prob Gyan

    Graphic artist in Chennai, India, who created the Tamil typeface Illamai (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    R. Kalaimani

    Designer at Tharagai Software in Singapore who published many Tamil fonts, some of which can be found at R. Padmakumar's archive. His fonts include: Agni (1994), Anuradha (1994), AParanarTSC (1998), TSC_Paranar (1998), Arasu (1994), Aswini (1994), Barani (1994), Mani (1994), Sivabalan (1994), Sivagami (1994), TSC_Kannadaasan (2001). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    R. Neelameggham

    Free truetype fonts by R. Neelameggham of South Jordan, Utah: Asanskrit, Abtelgu (Telugu), Abkanada (Kanada), Abengali (Bengali), Aatmzl (Tamil). Old UR. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    R. Padmakumar

    Big categorized archive of Tamil truetype fonts. Direct download. More direct downloads. Fonts here: A.Sivavinayagam.(Siva-Photo.-Zurich.-Switzerland)., AAbohi-PC, AGNI, ANURADHA, ARASU, ASWINI, ATamilAppleNormal, ATamilApplethinNormal, Aabohi-Regular, Adaanaa-Regular, Akarathi-Plain, Alankaram-Plain, Amirutha, Amma, Analai-Plain, Anangu---Valluvar, Ananku-Helvetica-Regular, Anantha-Regular, Ananthabairavi-Plain, Arangam, BARANI, Baamini-Plain, Baamini-Plain, Bamini-Plain, Bavani-Regular, Boopalam-Regular, CHUNNAKAN, CapNavam, Cheithi2, DenukaPC, EELANADU-byAharamFonts, Eelamlead-Plain, Eelamlead-Plain, Font-Creator-Program-3.0-Regular, Geetham, Geethapria-Regular, Hamsathvani-Regular, Hindolam-Regular, Ithayam, Jeyatharsan-Plain, Jothy, KaVaS, Kallar-Plain, Kalyani-Regular, Kamaas-Regular, Kamalam, Kanian-Tamilnet-Normal, Karaharapriya-Regular, Karmukil, Karumpanai, Kathanakuthugalam-Regular, Keeravani-Regular, Khavina-Regular, Kksblack-Plain, Kumudam, KurinchiACI, Kurinji-Regular, LRAVI, Lakshmi, Lanka2000Normal, Latha, Lathangi-Plain, Lathangi-Regular, Maayandi, Madhuvanthi-Regular, Makarandham, Malayamarutham-Regular, Mallikai, Mani, Maniyahram, Marx-Bold-Italics, Marx-Bold, Mathuram, Moderntamil-Plain, Mohanam-Regular, Mohanam-Regular, Mullai-Plain, Nagananthini-Regular, Nagananthini-Regular, Nalini, Nallur-Plain, Nattai-Regular, Needhimathi-Regular, New-KannanText, Nirmala, PRAVIMedium, Pandian, Perathanai, Pirunthavanam, Preethi, RRAVIMedium, Rathnangi-Regular, RojaACI, Rosa, SIVABALAN, SIVAGAMI, SRAVIMedium, Saavaeri-Regular, Sindhubairavi-Regular, Sngarabaranam-Regular, TAMILNET, TAMILNET, TBoomi, TBoomiSBold, TamilACI, TboomihBold, TboomisBold, ThamarNorm, Tharakai, Tharmini-Plain. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    R. Sivaramakrishna Sharma

    Creator of the free Tamil typeface Swaminatha (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    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 typefaces).
    • 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.
    Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Ram Ramakrishnan

    Indic font by Ram Ramakrishnan. Some of these are extensions and modifications of other available fonts. The list covers Tamil and transliteration fonts for Sanskrit: E-Tahoma-Tamil-W, E-Tahoma, M-Lucida-R, M-Lucida, M-Onuava, M-Ossai-Bold, M-Spatial, M-Typewriter, M-Vera, M-VeraB, M-VeraSans, M03-Bam, M03-S, M03, Madhavi-Calisto, Madhavi-Vendome, Mylai-Ossai-Light, MylaiKalyaniNormal, Nandini-Calisto, Nandini-E-1, Nandini-Eraser, Nandini-Gotica, Nandini-Insula, Nandini-Maindara, Nandini-Script, Nandini-Vendome, Nandini, Noise, Sanskrit-M, T-05-W, T-Bam, T-Bold, T-Kalyani-ShortN, T-KalyaniN, T-Ossai-Bold, T-Ossai-LightN. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Ranjan Shivakumar

    Tamil type designer whose typefaces (all buplished at Ethno Multimedia) can be found here. His typefaces: Anantha_Shanmugathas (1993, with EPICS), Ananthabairavi (1994), Kamaas (1993), Adankappidaari (1993), Mohanam (1993). [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Tamil font archive which has Bamini, IdsTamilTG1Bold, IdsTamilTG2Bold, IdsTamilTG2BoldItalic, IdsTamilTG2Italic, IdsTamilTG2Normal, IdsTamilTG4Bold, IdsTamilTG4BoldItalic, IdsTamilTG4Italic, IdsTamilTG4Normal, IdsTamilTG5Italic, IdsTamilTG5Normal, IdsTamilTG6Bold, IdsTamilTG6BoldItalic, KrutiTamil010, Scribe-Tamil10Regular, VANAVIL-Avvaiyar, VANAVIL-Avvaiyar. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Rathna Ramanathan

    Rathna Ramanathan is a practising designer and senior lecturer from Chennai, India, now based in London. Rathna received her PhD from the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication, The University of Reading. She has an MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins and a BA in Fine Art from the University of Madras. Formerly a Senior Lecturer in Design and Interaction at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, Rathna is now Head of Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art.

    Through her studio Minus9 Design, Rathna has worked with a range of clients including BBC World, Harvard University Press, Tara Books, World Bank, and UNICEF. She advises on the design of Indic typefaces. Her current research is concerned with the changing forms of typography and the book, particularly in the Indian context.

    Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam, where she addressed Tamil font design. Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw on A Typography for India. She also spoke at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp. Speaker at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo on the topic of Building a New Typography: Tangible and Intangible Heritages of Typographic Practice in India. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Ria Anderson

    Oakland, CA-based graphic designer and typographer. She created RF Franklin Phonetic (2011), RF Shavian (2011), and RF Deseret (2011). These were all designed to be part of the RF Phonetic Suite, a group of typefaces designed to support historic phonetic English alphabet reform. She also completed the Tamil typefaces Jatiya (2007, Tamil complement to the open-source Latin/Greek/Cyrillic typeface Gentium, designed by Victor Gaultney) and Surai (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Ricardo Rodrigues dos Santos

    [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    [Arimugan Egambaram]

    Arumai is a Tamil font (1995), and Binnam is a fractions font by Arimugan Egambaram (1996). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    S. Manohoran

    Planet is a free Tamil font designed by S. Manohoran (of mano Products) especially for web page use. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    S. Suresh Kumar

    Small Tamil font archive. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    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]  ⦿

    Salsabeel Computers

    Designers of the Tamil font Meezan, which can be found here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    [G. Nagarjuna]

    Samyak is a free Opentype Unicode font family developed in 2005-2006 that covers Devanagari, Gujarati, Latin, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil. The fonts are amyakSans, SamyakSans_Bengali, SamyakSans_Gujarati, SamyakSans_Gurmukhi, SamyakSans_Malayalam, SamyakSans_Oriya, SamyakSans_Tamil. The project is managed by G. Nagarjuna at the Homi Bhabha Centre For Science Education, Tata Institute Of Fundamental Research, V.N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd, Mumbai 400 088, India. Contributors include Rahul Bhalerao, Sandeep Shedmake, Bageshri Salvi, and Pravin Satpute. The fonts are based on earlier work, namely:

    • Gargi-1.3: HBCSE, TIFR, for Devanagari
    • Padma: Cyberscape Multimedia ltd for Gujarati
    • ThendralUni: 2003, by A. Umar for Tamil
    • Utkal: Andy White, Rajesh Pradhan for Oriya
    • Mukta: Mukta Bangla Font Project 2003 for Bengali
    • AkrutiMal2Normal: Cyberscape Multimedia Ltd for Malayalam
    • Saab: Bhupinder Singh and Sukhjinder Sidhu. Copyright 2004 for Gurumukhi
    [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 2015, Akhand appeared at MyFonts, where we learn that Satya Rajpurohit is the designer, so it is unclear who did what. As of 2018, Akhand covers all of India's 11 writing systems.

    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

    Open Font Library link. [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]  ⦿


    Commercial Indian language fonts. SaralSoft Hindi demo truetype font. Also, a Marathi demo font, and truetype fonts for Gujarati, Hindi and Tamil. The demos are quite useless, don't bother. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Saravanakumar Kandasamy

    Shenzhen, China-based creator of an untitled Tamil typeface in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Satya N. Rajpurohit

    Satya is co-founder of the The Indian Type Foundry (ITF) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, in 2009. ITF is India's first digital type foundry providing Unicode compliant fonts. He studied at the National Institute of Design (NID) in India and interned with Linotype in Germany. He has also worked at Dalton Maag (London) and L2M3 (Stuttgart). He now works full time at ITF, creating original fonts in all the major Indian scripts along with their Latin companions. Satya studied graphic design at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India, where he specialized in motion picture graphics.

    His type work includes ITF Devanagari (2001), this experimental display face (2006), this minimalist face (2007), this experimental sans (2007), Rail India (2007, an Indic simulation face) and this Devanagari (Hindi) typeface (2007). With Peter Bilak, he created Fedra Hindi (2010, ITF). In 2010, he received the SOTA Catalyst Award and published the Kohinoor family for Latin, Devanagari and Tamil.

    In 2012, he designed the type family Engrez Sans. With Jyotish Sonowal, he designed the beautiful semi-calligraphic Tulika Bengali. It includes support for the Assamese, Bengali, Bishnupriya Manipuri, Garo, Kokborok, Meitei, and Mundari languages. Kohinoor Latin (2012) is a low-contrast humanist sans-serif suitable for both body and the display text.

    The Indian Type Foundry published several typefaces at Google Web Fonts in 2014: Hind, Kalam, Karma, Teko and 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.

    In 2015, Akhand (a condensed almost monoline sans that covers many Indic languages) appeared at MyFonts, where we learn that Satya Rajpurohit is the designer, but it is unclear who did what. That typeface was followed in 2016 by Akhand Soft.

    Jyotish Sonowal extended Hind to the free 10-style Calcutta in 2015.

    Satya Rajpurohit designed the sans typeface family Author (2017).

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

    Sebastian Losch

    [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Selliah Selvaratnam

    Designer of some Tamil fonts such as Ananthi, Athavan, Kalaiyarasi, Kanakamani, Kayalvili, Komathi, Parandthan, Poonkodi, Sanggiliyan, Sangkamam, Sathurangam, Sirithevi, Sunthari, Suthanthiran, Thalir, Thamilmalar, Thangaratham, Thavamani, Thayaki, Thenmoli, Uruththiran, Vairamani, Vanmathi, Virutcham, Wasantham, Cheithi (1998), Kamalam (1994), Karmukil (1994), Karumpanai (1995), Makarandham (1995), Mallikai (1994), Maniyahram (1993), Mathuram (1994), Nalini (1993), Nirmala (1994), Pirunthavanam (1994), Seliyan (1995), Tharakai (1994), Thurikai (1995), Uthayam (1993), Vairamani (1993), Viththi (1994), Arangam (1994), Ithayam (1995). These fonts can now be found at R. Padmakumar's archive. Cheithi is also here. Pirunthavanam and Nirmala are also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Shrikrishna Patil

    Designer of the Indic fonts MSANGAM (1999), PUSHPA (1993), NUTAN (1994, for Marathi) and MoTAML (1999, for Tamil). See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Shriramana Sharma

    Shriramana Sharma, Vinodh Rajan and Udhaya Shankar jointly developed Adinatha Tamil Brahma (2012), a free font. They write: We are proud to present probably the first publicly available open-licenced font for Brahmi, Adinatha. Brahmi is judged to be the progenitor of over 200 daughter and grand-daughter scripts in India and South East Asia. A "dialect" of Brahmi was used to write old Tamil language in the rocks and caves of Southern Tamil Nadu, and is known as Tamil Brahmi.

    Download link. Link to Unicode Brahmi encoding. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Sinnathurai Srivas

    Designer of the Tamil font Tamil_Avarangal31TSC, also called TSC Avarangal (2000). [Google] [More]  ⦿


    124 Tamil fonts bundled in one zip file. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Softech Creation

    Professional quality commercial Tamil fonts: the Anangu family. Fonts, foundry and web site by Dr. Periannan Kuppusamy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Softview Computers

    Free Tamil font, Amudham (1997), copyright Softview Computers (Madras or Chennai). Truetype, Mac and PC. The company's list of fonts include the following: AmbedkarA, AmudhaSurabhiA, AngayarkanniA, AzadA, Cauvery-BoldA, ChitharanjanA, ChitramA, DHROWPATHI-NormalA, GandhijiA, JanshiA, KamarajA, KayalvizhiA, MahaDevi-LightItalicA, NehruA, OviyamA, Panchali-BoldA, Rambhai-BOLDItalicA, RavindranathA, SarojiniA, Softview-31A, Softview-32A, SubashA, ThilakA, KavipPriya (1998), Kumudam (2000), Vaigai (1988). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    [Jeyatheepan Ulagapiragasam]

    This company offers a free Tamil typeface, called SooriyanDotCom (2004), which was designed by Jeyatheepan Ulagapiragasam. The page says that the developer is Muthu Nedumaran of Murasu Anjal, so I am a bit confused. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    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]  ⦿

    Southern Software Inc. (SSi)

    In the late 1990s, SSi used to sell foreign fonts for Arabic, Urdu, Greek, Hebrew, Armenian, Baltic, Burmese, Cherokee, Cyrillic, Cree, Simplified Chinese, Ethiopian, Inuktitut, Gaelic, IPA, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Mayan. Farsi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Syriac, South Arabian, Tamil, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Ugaritic, and Vietnamese. Plus musical dingbats. Of course, they did not make a single of these fonts themselves. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Sri Lankan Expatriates

    This extinct archive had these free Sinhala and Tamil fonts:

    • From Lalantha Graphics - Leonard Wilegoda: AjithNewS (1995).
    • From A.M.D. Lenarolle (Arawwala Pannipitiya): DL-Anurada, DL-KIDURU, DL-Lihini, DL-MANO., DL-Malathi, DL-Manel, DL-Manel, DL-Manel, DL-kumari, all made in 1996.
    • From Pushpananda Ekanayaka: FMArjunnx, FMBasurux, FMDeranax, FMEmaneex, FMGanganeex, FMGemunux, FMSamanthax, all made in 1998.
    • From Ethno Multimedia & Ranjan Shivakumar: Hemawathy (1994).
    • From KKGrapteks: Jeyatharsan-Plain (1999).
    • From S. Madhava Tennakoon: Kelani (1995).
    • From Digital Research in Sri Lanka: Matara (1998).
    • From K. Srinivasan: Mylai-Sri (1996).
    • From Lastech: Padma (1992).
    • From Micro & Way Font Bank Inc. Kolitha v. Dissanayake: Radhika-PC, Ranasuru-PC (1995).
    • From S. Kannan at Kannan Graphics: Sathiy (1996).
    • From DMS Electronics for The Sri Lanka Tipitaka Project: Tipitaka_Sinhala1, Tipitaka_Sinhala2 (1998).
    • From LankaNatha: Lankanatha, LankanathaSuppliment.
    • Other: AKandyNew, AKandyNewSupplement, JaffnaNormal, Kandy, KandySupplement, Kaputadotcomnormal, ManelNew.
    [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Sri Sadhguru Sadasiva Bramendrar Gnanacheri

    Four free Tamil truetype fonts: T_kavipria_Normal and Softview_II (Softview Computers, Madras), and IdsTamilTG1Bold and IdsTamilTG4Bold (Instant Data Systems). Softview_II has nice Indian dingbats. [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]  ⦿

    Srinkie Resources from Hell

    Sinhala and Tamil resources, including a mini-archive with some TrueType fonts. For Sinhala, there are Hemawathy, Kandy, Lankanatha, Lankathilaka, and Padma. Pages by Suchetha Wijenayake. [Google] [More]  ⦿

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

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    Suchetha Wijenayake

    Sinhala font archive: Hemawathy-Regular, Padma (1992, Lastech), Kandy, Lankanatha, LankanathaSuppliment, KandySupplement, Lankatilaka. It also has nice links to Sinhala and Tamil font sites and text processors. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    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]  ⦿

    Sunny Kallara
    [InProS (Intellectual Property Solutions)]

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    In the "exe" file of Suvadi, the Tamil text editor, lurks a Tamil truetype font, TSCMylai by K. Kalyanasundaram, 1996-2001. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Swathanthra Malayalam Computing (or: SMC)

    Kerala, India-based Cooperative with members such as Arun M, Dileep M. Kumar, Lelitha V, Mahesh T. Pai, Manoj M.P, Rajkumar S, Sajith V.K, Sanju A Nair, Satyadev Nandakumar, Suresh Valiyaparambil, Vincent Joseph, Vinod B.S, Vinod M.P, Baiju M, Jeroen Hellingman, and Shaji N.V., which offers free software for Malayalam word processing. Download it, and you will find these truetype fonts: AkrutiMal2, Tulasi, AkrutiTml2, ML-TTKarthika (1992), Raghindi, Malayalam, Thoolika, Matweb, Manorama, Shree-Mal-0502. List of free Malayalam (and some Tamil) fonts today:

    • AnjaliOldLipi (2008).
    • Dyuthi (2007): By Hiran Venugopalan, Hussain K H and Suresh P at Swathanthra Malayalam Computing.
    • Kalyani (2008): By Shaji N. Vyapron, based on original fonts by Jeroen Hellingman. Others invloved include N.V Shaji and Hiran Venugopalan.
    • Meera (2007-2008): Created by Hussain K H and Suresh P at Swathanthra Malayalam Computing. From 2012-2016, this Malayalam was extended into the Latin and Tamil script font Meera Inimai (free at Google fonts) by Hussain K.H., Santhosh Thottingal, Anilan N.G. and A.K.M. Kutty. Githib link.
    • Rachana (2005) and Rachana_w01 (2005): By Rachana Akshara Vedi (Chitrajakumar R, Hussain KH, Rajeev Sebastian, Gangadharan N, Vijayakumaran Nair, Subash Kuraiakose).
    • RaghuMalayalam (2008): A font by Prof. R.K.Joshi and Rajith Kumar K.M., who were assisted by Nirmal Biswas, Jui Mhatre and Supriya Kharkar. Copyright CDAC, Mumbai.
    • Suruma (2005): Created by Suresh P.
    [Google] [More]  ⦿

    T. Govindaraj

    The Palladam Tamil font was designed in 1989-1990 by T. Govindaraj who works or worked at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Tamil Canadian

    Tamil Canadian truetype font by Kalathan Yoganathan. Free. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Tamil Fonts and Programs

    Useful link site for Tamil fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Tamil Fonts Page by Suganthan

    A big Tamil truetype font archive: AAbohi-PC, AParanar (R. Kalaimani, 1996), Bavani-Regular, Bamini-Plain (Harangraph, 1993), DenukaPC (Ethno Multimedia, 1995), Dheepa-Plain (religois dingbats by Ethno Multimedia, 1992), EELANADU-byAharamFonts (Jeeves Systems, 1996), ELANGO-TML-Panchali-Normal (Cadgraf Computers, 1994), Hamsathvani-Regular (Ethno Multimedia&B. Gnanapandithan, 1995), Hindolam-Regular (Ethno Multimedia, 1995), Karaharapriya-Regular (Ethno Multimedia, 1994), Kamaas-Regular (Ethno Multimedia&Ranjan Shivakumar, 1993), Kathanakuthugalam-Regular, Keeravani-Regular (B. Gnanapandithan&Ethno Multimedia, 1994), Lathangi-Regular (Ethno Multimedia, 1994), Madhuvanthi-Regular (Ethno Multimedia, 1992), Malayamarutham-Regular (Ethno Multimedia, 1994), Myp, Nattai-Regular, Needhimathi-Regular (Ethno Multimedia, 1995), Ranjani-Plain (Ethno Multimedia, 1992), Rathnangi-Regular, Sangeetha-Regular (Indian drums, by Ethno Multimedia, 1993), Saraswathy-Plain (Ethno Multimedia, 1992), Sahaanaa-Regular (Ethno Multimedia&Gnanapandithan, 1995), Saavaeri-Regular, Sevvanthi-Regular (Ethno Multimedia, 1992), Sindhubairavi-Regular (Ethno Multimedia, 1995), TamilwebPlain (Jeyachandran Kopinath, OviyaResearch, 1996), TAMLKamban-Normal (Learnfun Systems, Chennai, 1999), Thodiragam-Regular, Amudham, Anantha-Regular (EthnoMultimedia&Ranjan Shivakumar, 1993), Boopalam-Regular, Cheithi2 (Selliah Selvaratnam, 1998), Kurinji-Regular (S. Kannan, 1992), KalkiNormal, LT-TM-Kurinji (Lastech, 1992), Saraswathy-Regular (Ethno Multimedia, 1992), mylai, TamilZone, TboomisBold (shreedhar of EssDee Softvarhouse), TMNEWS (Chennai Kavigal, 2000), Vikatan, JaffnaNormal. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Tamil Maalai

    Big Tamil font archive. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Tamil Modern

    Medium-sized Tamil font archive with about 60 fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Tamil Nation

    Tamil font archive: AATMZL, AAbohi-PC, AParanarTSC, Aabohi-Regular, Aarabi-Regular, Adhawin-Tamil-Regular, Akarathi-Plain, AksharUnicode, Amudham, Amudham, Anangu---Valluvar, Anantha-Regular, Anantha-Regular, Anantha-Regular, AnbeSivam, Arangam, Baamini-Plain, Baamini-Plain, Bamini-Plain, Boopalam-Regular, Boopalam-Regular, Cheithi2, Cheithi2, ComicTSC, Divya, EELANADU-byAharamFonts, ELANGO-TML-Panchali-Normal, Eelamlead-Plain, Hamsathvani-Regular, Hindolam-Regular, Hindolam-Regular, IdsTamilTG1Bold, Imayam, IndoWeb-Tamil-Valluvar, Indtaml, JaffnaNormal, JaffnaNormal, JanaTamilRoman, Jothy, KSAvvaiyarNormal, KSKambanNormal, KalkiNormal, KalkiNormal, Kallar-Plain, Kamaas-Regular, Kamaas-Regular, Kamalam, Karmukil, Karumpanai, Kathanakuthugalam-Regular, Keeravani-Regular, Khavina-Regular, Kksblack-Plain, Kumutham, Kurinji-Regular, Kurinji-Regular, LRAVI, LT-TM-Barani, LT-TM-Mullai, Lakshmi, Lanka2000Normal, Latha, Lathangi-Plain, Lathangi-Regular, Leelai, MCLKanniga, Madhuvanthi-Regular, Malayamarutham-Regular, Malayamarutham-Regular, Mallikai, Moderntamil-Plain, Mohanam-Regular, Mohanam-Regular, Mullai-Plain, Mylai-Sri-Regular, MylaiFixTSC, MylaiOssai, MylaiTSC, Nagananthini-Regular, Nagananthini-Regular, Nalini, Nallur-Plain, NanthiniTSC, Nattai-Regular, Needhimathi-Regular, Nirmala, PRAVIMedium, PRAVIMedium, PalladamMedium, Pandian, Preethi, RRAVIMedium, Ranjani-Plain, Ranjani-Plain, Ranjani-Regular, Ranjani-Regular, RasigapriaPC, Rasigapriya-Plain, Rathnangi-Regular, SATHAYAM, SHREE802, SHREE803, SHREED26, SRAVIMedium, Saavaeri-Regular, Sahaanaa-Regular, Sangam---ATBC, Sapphire, Saraswathy-Regular, Sarukesi, Shakthi-Plain, Shree-Tam-1361, Silapam-Plain, Sindhubairavi-Regular, SooriyanDotCom, TAB-Anna, TAB-LFS-Kamban-Normal, TABLKamban-Normal, TABMaduram, TABMylai, TABThunaivan, TAMILNET, TAMILNET, TAMLKamban-Normal, TAMMaduram, TAU1ELANGOBarathi, TBoomi, TBoomiHBold, TBoomiSBold, TM-TTKapilan-Normal, TMLHelvPlain, TMVL0-Normal-A, TNB_Mylai, TSC-Komathi, TSCJananiNormal, TSC_Kannadaasan, TSCu_Paranar, TSCuthamba, TabAvarangal, TabAvarangal2, Tamil-Canadian, TamilAvarangal31TSC, TamilOssaiPlain, TamilwebPlainBeta, ThamarNorm, Tharakai, Tharmini-Plain, Tharmini-Plain, ThendralUni, TheneeUni, Thenmoli, Thevaki-Regular, Thodiragam-Regular, ThunaivanTSC, Thurikai, TimesTSC, Topaz, Trinco-Plain, VANAVIL-Alayarasi, VANAVIL-Avvaiyar, VaigaiAA, VaigaiUni, Vavuniya, Vikatan_TAM, Viththi, WebTamilNormal, aAvarangal. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Tamil Neri font

    Free font TneriTSC in truetype format, developed by Mr. Arivan of Tamil Neri Kazhagam, Malaysia. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Tamil Nesan

    Two free Tamil fonts: Kumudam (Softview Computers, Chennai, 2000), TSC_Janani Normal (Arasan, Applesoft, Bangalore). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Tamil Net 1999

    Two free Tamil truetype fonts: TAM-Kalaignar (by Vanavil Software, Chennai), Anna. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Tamil OpenType fonts

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

    • Fonts by Thukkaram Gopalrao, USA: TSCu_Times (1999), TSCu_Comic (1999).
    • Fonts by R. Kalaimani, Tharagai Software, Singapore: TSCu_Paranar (Normal, Bold, Italic).
    • Fonts by Vasu Devan, Kamban Software, Australia: TAMu_Kalyani, TAMu_Kadambri, TAMu_Maduram .
    • Akruti Fonts by Akruti Ltd., Bombay, India. These were removed I think.
    Opentype tables were added by T. Vaseeharan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Tamil Page at Upenn

    Free Tamil fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Tamil Software Free Downloads

    Download Anangu-Anjal, Anangu-Vallavar and Mylai-Anangu, three first-rate TTF fonts by Dr. Periannan Kuppusamy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Tamil Truetype Fonts

    Four Tamil truetype fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Tamil TrueType Fonts For Windows

    Four free Tamil TT fonts (TML Diamond, TML Helv, TML Brush, TML Square). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Tamil Virtual University

    Free Tamil fonts TABX-Ponni (Lastech, 2002) and TAB-LFS-Kamban-Normal and TAMLKamban-Normal by Learnfun Systems, Chennai (1999). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Tamil Web

    Font links for Tamil. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Free Tamil truetype fonts (86 fonts in all): [Google] [More]  ⦿


    This site offered a Tamil truetype font, webtamil. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    [Kumar Mallikarjunan]

    Great page for Tamil font links and downloads, maintained by Kumar Mallikarjunan. This includes the TSCII Font Collection for Unix (BDF, TCF formats), TSC_Aandaal (R. Kalaimani, 2001), TSC_Kannadaasan (R. Kalaimani, 2001), TSC_Paranbold-Bold, TSC_Paranar-Ho (R. Kalaimani, 2001), TSC_AParanarPDF (R. Kalaimani, 2001), TSC_ParanarPDF-Italic (R. Kalaimani, 2001), TSC_AvarangalFxd (Sinnathurai Srivas, 1990), TSC_Kannadaasan, TSC_Thunaivan (MicroMart, 2002), TSC_Avarangal (Sinnathurai Srivas, 1990), TSCJananiNormal (Arasan, Applesoft), Tamil_Avarangal31TSC truetype font (Sinnathurai Srivas), AparanarTSC truetype font (R. Kalaimani of Tharagai Software, Singapore), MylaiTSC truetype font (monospaced font by Dr. K. Kalyanasundaram), and the SriTSC truetype font (Dr. K. Srinivasan). Kumar himself created TABMalli (1999) based on Tamilnet 99. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Tamilnet TTF

    Naa Govindasamy designed Tamilnet, a bilingual Tamil and English true type font, which is "designed for viewing and printing in Internet application software only". [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Three free Tamil fonts: TML Diamond Plain, TML Helv Plain, TML Square Plain. By Nath Techo Media Product. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Free Tamil truetype font: TBoomiS (EssDee Softvarhouse, India, 1998). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    TDIL Data Centre

    Several free font packages (truetype, opentype) for Tamil. Run by Dept. of Information Technology, MoCIT, Govt. of India. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Teedor is the Tamil Eelam Economic Development Organisation. They are working on a free set of fonts called Teedor. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    ThamilConvert Applet

    Three Tamil truetype fonts: Amirutha (2001, Haran Graph), Boopalam-Regular (1994, Ethno Multimedia), TamilwebPlainBeta (1998, Jeyachandran Kopinath, OviyaResearch). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Tharique Azeez
    [Niram Factory]

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    Big Tamil TTF archive. Most fonts are by Ethno Multimedia. Included are several gorgeous Tamil dingbat fonts (drums, teapots, and so forth). One of the greatest Tamil font archives. Included are: ComicTSC, ELANGO-TML-Panchali-Normal, NanthiniTSC, Sri-TSC, TimesTSC, Amudham, TamilAvarangal31TSC, Cheithi2, KalkiNormal, LT-TM-Kurinji, MylaiFixTSC, PonniLetterBig, SHREE802, TamilZone, TamilwebPlainBeta, TBoomiHBold, TBoomi, TBoomiSBold, TMNEWS, Vikatan, JaffnaNormal. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Thibus Software System

    Sri Lankan company offers Sinhala, Tamil and English language tools in one package. Their software has 36 Sinhala fonts and 22 Tamil fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Thomas Ridgeway

    Thomas Ridgeway (d. 2005) held a Ph.D. in Asian linguistics. He was Director of the Humanities and Arts Computing Center, University of Washington, Seattle WA, where he worked until around 2002. He is the author of

    • Poorman: Free fonts (metafont/bitmap/pk) for Chinese and Japanese, developed in 1990. As Ridgeway explained: pmC and pmJ are less than ideal implementations of Chinese and Japanese for TeX. Less than ideal because they use fonts based on 24x24 dot-matrix fonts, and don't do vertical format typesetting and so forth.
    • IPBS or Indo-Persian BitStream Charter: a free font family in truetype with these fonts: IPbschtrBoldItalic, IPbschtrBold, IPbschtrItalic, IPbschtrNormal. The fonts were modified by Richard J. Cohen, from "HACC Indic" by Thomas Ridgeway (1993), which is based on Charter, a font in the public domain. Richard Cohen is with the South Asia Regional Studies Department, University of Pennsylvania.
    • WNTamil: a Tamil metafont created by Ridgeway in 1990. Hal Schiffman writes: I worked together with Tom Ridgeway to design this font, at my instigation, since I needed it for my dictionary, and he knew METAFONT. (He did not know Tamil, although he did know Hindi.) We spent many Friday mornings designing the glyphs. He would write the code and run the program, and I would then critique it, and then we would run it again until we had an acceptable glyph. But I realize he thought of himself as the sole developer, which is why he registered it in his name. Afterwards we tweaked some of the glyphs, and Vasu Renganathan worked on later versions, too, so the authors of this font should be listed as myself, Ridgeway, and Vasu Renganathan. Anshuman Pandey from the University of Washington took over the maintenance of font. Fonts can be found at CTAN and cover Tamil (U+0B80-U+0BFF). This set was used in the GNU Freefont project.
    • A phonetic typeface was designed by Thomas Ridgeway for a large subrange of American Indian languages. The first active projects using this were in Salish and Navajo. In the case of Salish, Tom's font was based on a Lushootseed alphabetic script was developed by Thomas Hess.
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    Thukaram Gopalrao

    Designer of the Tamil fonts TSCArial, TSCComic (1999), TSCTimesU (1999), TSCTimes (1999), TSCVerdana (1999), TimesTSC (1999), ComicTSC. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Thunaivan Web Fonts

    Thunaivan (MicroMart, 1998) is a free Tamil TrueType ont following the new TSCII 1.6 Tamil font standard. ThunaivanTSC, developed by Ravindran Paul, Malaysia is based on Thunaivan font typeface widely popular in Malaysia and Singapore. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Tipos Pereira Type Foundry
    [Marcelo Magalhães Pereira]

    Marcelo Magalhães (b. 1975, Rio de Janeiro) is a graduate (in 2004) of the Faculdade Senac de Comunicação e Artes in Brazil. In 2012 he attended the Summer program of Typeface Design at The Cooper Union, NY. He currently lives in Sao Paulo.

    In 2008, he designed the slightly grungy comic book family Folk (+Outline, Shadow, Sketches, Solid) and the minimalist circular organic sans typefaces Giro Outline (2010) and Giro Light (2009, his graduation work at Faculdade Senac de Comunicação e Artes). Creator of the sans typeface Mono MMM 5 (2009). Initially, his typefaces were free (see Dafont, Abstract Fonts, or FontSquirrel).

    In 2010, he went commercial as Tipos Pereira.

    In 2012, he published the Londrina family of poster typefaces in four styles, Solid, Shadow, Outline and Sketches. These fonts are free at Google Web Fonts. Clinton Street (2012) is a titling typeface that was developed while Marcelo was at The Cooper Union in New York.

  • In 2013, he published Londrina Serif and Londrina Dingbats.

    Google Font Coiny (2015, Github link: a rounded yummy vernacular typeface for Latin and Tamil).

    In 2017, he designed Stubby, an 11-style rude, fat, widish rounded sans family inspired by vernacular type. It was followed in 2019 by Stubby Rough.

    In 2018, he published the 3d signage color font Pool.

    Tyepfaces from 2020: East Broadway (a 40-style and variable font family based on vinyl cut letters found in the Lower East Side neighborhood, from the East Broadway subway station to 13th Street and 1st Avenue in New York). Dafont link. Klingspor link. Kernest link. Abstract Fonts link. Google Plus link. Behance link. Fontspace link. Font Squirrel link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

  • Tiruvarur

    Free Tamil fonts: GANESHA-WIDE (R. Kalaimani, 1994), GANESHA, and LT-ET-Ramya (Rastech, 1992). [Google] [More]  ⦿


    TM-TTValluvar is a Tamil font by CDAC in Pune (1999). Free download here. [Google] [More]  ⦿


    From Arivan Fonts, the free Tamil truetype font TneriTSC. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    TruTamil TrueType Fonts

    Three commercial Tamil fonts, Kannagi, Ponmani, Madhavi. Page by Raja Seshadri. Dead link? [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Developers of these (free) Tamil fonts: AParanarTSC, TSC-Sri, TSCArial, TSCComic, TSCComic, TSCJananiNormal, TSCMaduramNormal, TSCMylai, TSCTimes, TSCTimes, TSCVerdana, TSC_AParanarPDF, TSC_Aandaal, TSC_Avarangal-Bold, TSC_Avarangal-BoldItalic, TSC_Avarangal-Italic, TSC_Avarangal, TSC_AvarangalFxd, TSC_Kannadaasan, TSC_Kannadaasan, TSC_Paranar-Ho, TSC_ParanarPDF-Italic, TSC_Paranbold-Bold, TSC_Thunaivan, TscSaiIndira, TscSaiSai, TSC_Kannadaasan, PerathanaiTSC. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    TSCII Tamil fonts

    Ram S. Ravindran's page from where you have a link to 6 free Tamil fonts, and explanations. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    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.
    [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Ultimate Software Solutions

    Outfit in Dindigul that produces Tamil fonts. Included are TAM-Selvi (2000), TAM-Kavi (1999), TAB-Sigandi (1999), TAM-Anbu (1997). some are here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Unicode and Tamil

    R. Padmakumar's page deals with Unicode sorting and other Unicode issues for Tamil. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Universal Thirst
    [Kalapi Gajjar-Bordawekar]

    Indian graduate of the MATD program at the University of Reading in 2012. Co-founder of Universal Thirst, a company located in Bangalore and Reykjavik.

    Gajjar's graduation typeface is Mila (2012), a Latin / Gujarati / Tamil multi-script typeface specifically designed for children's books.

    Kalapi works at the London office of Dalton Maag. Aktiv Grotesk, a Dalton Maag typeface, was extended to cover Indic languages by Sebastian Losch and Kalapi Gajjar-Bordawekar. It won an award at Granshan 2016.

    Kalapi contributed in 2016 to Vernon Adams's Oswald, one of the Google Web Fonts.

    In 2019, Gunnar Vilhjalmsson, Kalapi Gajjar and the Linotype design Studio developed the 5-style Linotype Gujarati for use in print and on the screen.

    Custom typefaces by Universal Thirst: [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


    Two free Tamil fonts: Kurinji (1992), New Kannan Text (1997). [Google] [More]  ⦿


    The free Tamil font Rasihapriya (Ethno Multimedia, 1993). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    [Ricardo Rodrigues dos Santos]

    Ricardo Rodrigues dos Santos (or just Ricardo Santos, b. 1976 in Lisbon) is a Portuguese type designer. He ran VanArchiv (est. 2000) from Loures, Portugal. He changed the name to Ricardo Santos and sells his work through MyFonts.

    In 2014, Aprígio Morgado, Ricardo Santos and Rúben Dias cofounded Tipos dasLetras in Lisbon. Klingspor link. Behance link. FontShop link.

    Ricardo's early masterpiece is Atlantica (2005), a 28-weight transitional family. His typefaces Insectos Project (1997, geometric sans) Base Geometric Sans Serif (1998, geometric sans) Focus (1999, geometric sans) and Zeit Geist (2000, decorative) are discussed by a type forum. He made the sans families Boom (1997, decorative), Van (1998-2001, geometric sans) Urbis (2001, geometric sans) Baseniv (2001), geometric sans) RS1 (1998, decorative), Mitron (2001, decorative) Van Condensed (1998-2004, geometric sans), Van Dingbats (2004, travel dingbats), Focus and Focus Dingbats (2006, sans), and Lisboa (2000-2005, a humanist sans, with dingbats based on the symbology of Lisbon city, published with Fountain, and later at Vanarchiv as Lisboa Swash (2015), Lisboa (2017), Lisboa Sans (2017), Lisboa Tamil (2018). Lisboa Sans Tamil (2019), and Lisboa Hebrew (2018)).

    At Tiponautas: Lab Sans Pro (LuisAlonso+RicardoSantos--LabSlabPro-2011b.png">2011, by Luis Alonso and Ricardo Santos) is a geometric sans-serif typeface with a technological and minimalist look and is suitable for use in large sizes.

    Tramuntana 1 Pro (2012) was inspired by the late Renaissance and Manneiist spirit during 2009 for his Masters in Advanced Typography (Eina-Barcelona). This project was also inspired by Robert Granjon, Garamond and Sabon typefaces. The name tramuntana (Tramontane) is the Catalonian word for the cold wind that comes from the Pyrenees mountains and goes as far as the Balearic Islands. It was designed for editorial proposes (books and magazines). Tramuntana Dingbats (2012) is a set of artistic arrows.

    Typefaces at Tipos da Letras: TDL Ruha Hairline and Latin (2014, with Abrígio Morgada and Rúben Dias: a modern slab and wedge serif pair). See also TDL Ruha Crown (2017).

    In 2014, Ricardo Santos designed the geometric humanist sans typeface family Grafia Sans.

    Typefaces from 2015, at Tiponautas: Xaloc (a Latin text typeface with flaring and stroke modulation, divided over subfamilies called Caption, Text, Subhead and Display). At Vanarchiv, still in 2015, he published the 20-style calligraphic text families Escritura and Escritura Display. In Escritura, Santos worked in elements of chancery and renaissance writing, Its angular open letters make this typeface useful for texts. It was extended in 2017 to Escritura Hebrew.

    Typefaces from 2016: Aircrew (published at Tiponautas), which is a neutral, humanist sans-serif family optimized for wayfinding and signage applications in display sizes. Aircrew features large x-height, vertical terminals, low contrast, and short ascenders and descenders.

    Typefaces from 2017: Aquino (by Rui Abreu and Ricardo Santos; a display calligraphic stencil typeface inspired by a liturgic book made by Portuguese friar Tomas Aquino in 1735), Gazeta (text and editorial use).

    Typefaces from 2019: Gazeta Slab, Gazeta Stencil Ds, Lisboa Sans Hebrew, Lishbona Naskh (an Arabic typeface based on Lisboa Sans).

    Typefaces from 2020: Linka (2020: a rounded organic sans that can be morphed into a linked cursive script, complete with initial, medial and final forms), Linka Stencil (2020), Nouveau LX Expanded, Nouveau LX Stencil, Nouveau LX (based on Hermann Hoffmann's Herold (1913, Berthold), but with a different capital R).

    Typefaces from 2021: Miragem (an 18-style serif typeface with wedgy terminals),

    Typefaces from 2022: Quebra Expa, Quebra Ex Condensed, Quebra (a large slightly techno sans family with large squarish counters), Van Condensed Hebrew. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

    Vanavil Software

    Designers of the Tamil fonts TAB-Anna (1999), TAM-Kalaignar (1999). Located in Chennai. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Vanniyasingam Suhanthan

    Sri Lankan designer of the Tamil font PerathanaiTSC (2001), which can be found here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Vasanth Sankar

    Chennai, India-based designer of the free Tamil typefaces Iyanan (2018), Oongaaram (2017) and Emojis Icon Set (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Vasu Renganathan

    Codesigner with Thomas Ridgeway and Hal Schiffman of wntamil, a free font for Tamil, ca. 1990. Hal Schiffman writes: I worked together with Tom Ridgeway to design this font, at my instigation, since I needed it for my dictionary, and he knew METAFONT. (He did not know Tamil, although he did know Hindi.) We spent many Friday mornings designing the glyphs. He would write the code and run the program, and I would then critique it, and then we would run it again until we had an acceptable glyph. But I realize he thought of himself as the sole developer, which is why he registered it in his name. Afterwards we tweaked some of the glyphs, and Vasu Renganathan worked on later versions, too, so the authors of this font should be listed as myself, Ridgeway, and Vasu Renganathan. [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]  ⦿

    Vijayakumar Sinnathurai
    [Ethno Multimedia]

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    Tamil truetype font Vikatan (1999). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    Vikram Gaikwad

    Designer of Latha, the first digital Tamil font (done with R.K. Joshi). [Google] [More]  ⦿


    Four free Indic truetype fonts: TM-TTValluvar (Tamil), TL-TTHemalatha (Telugu), SD-TTSurekh (Sanskrit), KN-TTUma (Kannada). [Google] [More]  ⦿

    XenoType Technologies

    Commercial outfit with language kits (including fonts) for these languages: Burmese, Cherokee, Inuktitut, Kannada, Lepcha, Limbu, Lontara, Malayalam, Sinhala, Telugu, Tibetan, Bassa, Cambodian, Ethiopic, Laotian, Saurashtra, Sylheti, Tai Le, Tamil, Assyrian (Syriac), Burmese, Georgian, Khmer. [Google] [More]  ⦿