Photograph portrays how alphabet “Aa” has evolved in different languages. Mauryan, Tamil Caves and Kushan are the fundamental stages for the development of this alphabet. The developmental stages of the alphabet “Aa” exhibits a tree structure from root Mauryan to various leaves of structured form of “Aa” in different languages such as Nagari, Canarese, Telugu, Grantha and Tamil. In Nagari “Aa” alphabetstarts from the age of Gupta to Vijayanagara, In Canarese it starts from Pallava and ends with Vijayanagara. In Telugu, from E. Chalukya 7th c. B.C to Vijayanagara 15th c. A.D. In Grantha from Pallava 7th c.A.D to Vijayanagara 15th c.A.D. and in Tamil, from Pallava 7th c. A.D to Vijayanagara 15th A.D.
The story of Indian scripts: Evolution of “Aa”
45 × 50 cm.
“Developments of Indian scripts“ photographs collection.
Evolved in India, from Mouryan, Bhatliprolu, and Tamil Caves from 3rd c. B. C to 15th c.B.C.
The Kannada script is an alphasyllabary (sometimes called an abugida) of the Brahmic family, used primarily to write the Kannada language, one of the southern language in India and also Sanskrit in the past.
The Telugu script is derived from Telugu-Kannada script, and resembles Kannada script.
The Tamil script evolved from an ancient southern form of the Brahmi script, but was also influenced by the Grantha script. The earliest texts, written in the southern variant of Brahmi, date from just before the 1st century CE. Overtime the script changed, and by the 8th century CE the Tamil script has evolved into more or less its modern form.
Development of Alphabets
Development of Language and Languages
Photograph was laminated by CILS, Mysore. It is procured from Calcutta. Displayed in photograph section.
Centre for Information on Language Sciences, Mysore