Bharati is being proposed as a common script for India. The Roman script is used as a common script for many European languages (English, French, German, Italian etc.), which facilitates communication across nations that speak and write those languages. Likewise a common script for the entire country is hoped to bring down many communication barriers in India.
'Bharati Primer' provides a quick way to master Bharati script, having known an Indian language. It contains Bharati characters mapping for the Indian script in brief and list words for each character in the script with Bharati transliteration.
Transliterated Works and Learning Resources
We are building a list of well recognized / impactful literature transliterated into Bharati. This list is not complete and will constantly be updated. If you would like to contribute to the resources, reach out to the button at the end of each of the following pages. If you want a specific text in Bharati, you can e-mail us the details of the book at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Bharati fonts let Bharati characters to be typed in word processors such as Microsoft word, LibreOffice writer, etc. It works by transliterating the characters, as you type in Indian scripts to Bharati script.
At present, two Bharati fonts are available:
1. NavBharati - supports Devanagari, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam scripts.
To setup NavBharati font - download the font from here, right click on the file and then select install option.
2. SundarBharati - supports Devanagari, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali and Malayalam scripts.
To setup SundarBharati font - download the font from here, right click on the file and then select install option.
To Transliterate a content to Bharati script:
1. Select the content in native Indic script.
2. Change the font type to NavBharati/SundarBharati. Once it is done, the content appears in Bharati script.
Typing in Indic languages in Desktop applications:
Download PramukhIME for Windows. Using PramukhIME for Windows, you can directly input Indic script in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc), Internet Explorer, FireFox, Skype and other applications in your favourite language. The following video enunciates the font setup and usage procedure in Windows:
Use Intelligent Input Bus (IBus), an input method framework for multilingual input in Unix-like operating systems. It supports Indic languages as well. It comes pre-built in many flavours of Linux like Ubuntu. Ibus package installation and usage instruction can be found here.
To read in Bharati font in browser-
1) Click on 3 dots in the top right >> Settings >> Customise fonts (in Appearence section).
2) Set Standard font to any Bharati font.
3) The change in font will be saved automatically.
Tip: Font size can be set in the 'customise fonts' section as per the liking.
To write in Bharati font in browser-
1) Go to "Google input tools" >> click on 'Add to Chrome' >> click on 'Add extension' in the alert box
Open Google input tools >> select the languages you want to type in (The languages for which you changed the font in the previous section).
2) Click on the extension icon >> choose 'Extension Options'.
3) Select the language you want to type in from the list and click on the arrow in the middle of the screen.
4) Now you can start writing emails in Bharati by turning on the Google input tools keyboard any time you want.
Please Note: The e-mail receiver must also follow the above mentioned steps to view the e-mail in Bharati.
Bharati Handwriting Keyboard:
Bharati Handwriting Keyboard is a handwriting based input tool for text entry in Indian scripts. Scripts supported are: Hindi/Marathi (Devanagari), Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Punjabi (Gurmukhi), Bengali, Oriya, Kannada and Malayalam. The mapping between Bharati characters and the characters of the Indian languages listed above is given in help pages within the app. Few sample words are given as well.
Bharati Handwriting Keyboard can be used to enter Indian language text in any app that involves a text input. Once the text editor is open, a writable area pops up. The user must choose a language from the drop-down menu. The user then writes Bharati characters on the writing area with a stylus or a finger. The handwritten characters will be recognized by the app and converted into the Indian language/script selected and displayed as fonts. Bharati Handwriting Keyboard can be conveniently used for Indian language texting.
Bharati JumbleTumble is a word jumble game in Indian languages. Bharati characters have a 3-tier structure. Therefore a word in Bharati script is composed of a grid of rectangular blocks. In this game, the shuffled blocks of a word must be moved horizontally (“jumble”) and vertically (“tumble”) so that the word is recomposed correctly. In the current version Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Bengali are supported.
This app uses Google® lens to parse text from a scene. Copy the parsed text-> paste in the Bharati transliterator app and press the Bharati icon in the right bottom to convert the text from the Indian script to Bharati script.
With this you can convert and read text from most major Indian script in Bharati. One script to read em all!
Scripts currently supported are:
Devanagari, Tamil, Gujarati, Telugu, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Oriya, Bengali and Malayalam.
Bharati Keyboard is a virtual keyboard that will output the corresponding character in the script that has been chosen based on the button pressed in Bharati script based button layout.
It supports all Indian scripts that have unicodes.
V. Chandra Sekhar, V. Srinivasa Chakravarthy, Viswanath Pulabaigari, "An efficient Multi Lingual Optical Character Recognition system for Indian languages through use of Bharati Script," 4th workshop on document analysis and recognition (DAR-2018), 11th Indian Conference on Computer Vision, Graphics and Image Processing (ICVGIP 2018) December 18 - 22, Hyderabad, India
IIT Madras (English)
TeluguOne Radio On Internet
The Better India
Special Broadcasting Service, Australia (English)
Times of India
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Prof. V. Srinivasa Chakravarthy
Ajith Kumar N
Prof. V. Srinivasa Chakravarthy, Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras.
Prof. Rajesh Kumar, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras.
Meda Prasad, Teacher, Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh.
Vijaybhaskar S., Teacher, Sholapur, Maharashtra.
Friends of Bharati:
Prof. Shankar Narasimhan, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras.
Prof. Raghunathan Rengasamy, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras.
Prof. MS. Sivakumar, Department of Applied Mechanics, IIT Madras.
Prof. S. Bapiraju, Central University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad.
Kudos IIT Madras: Easy OCR system for nine Indian languages. See the tweet!K. VijayRaghavan - Principal Scientific Adviser, Govt. of India
Indic Scripts evolved based on writing hardware. Moving towards teaching a common Indic script will help bridge languages. Bharati from IITM is one such attempt. See the tweet!Sankrant Sanu - Entrepreneur, writer and researcher
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