Hope for Nawayathi #Font_ForJanuary 11, 2019
By Anjana Vaswani Anjana Vaswani, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jan 6, 2019, 04:54 IST
PHOTO BY DEEPAK TURBHEKAR
A Mumbai-based software developer has created a digital font for an endangered Bhatkal language in an attempt to preserve it.
Two months ago, Shabandri and other members of the group came down to Mumbai to meet software engineer Syed Manzar Zaidi to ask him to create these missing letters, and to develop a digital font for the script.
“Ours is a small community though our ancestors migrated to India about a thousand years ago,” said Shabandri, whose group is determined to revive the regional tongue.
Creating a digital font for the language that’s written in the rightto-left Persian script, they believe, is the first step towards this goal.
“It will make it more accessible to the next generation, and allow it to be used in publications,” says Zaidi, 49.
For one, the language — a blend of Konkani, Tulu, Marathi, Urdu and Persian, with a few English and Arabic words in it too — includes characters whose phonetic pronunciation falls between the pronunciation of Urdu characters.
Pointing out that the word ‘Nawayath,’ translates as ‘newcomers’ Shabandri adds: “Our ancestors were probably Arabs or Persians.
He also developed a keyboard to support the font.
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