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Bharati Script: Short, sweet and fast-paced. In 90 seconds!

It is an alternative script for the languages of India developed by a team at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Madras lead by Dr. Srinivasa Chakravarthy. There is also a possibility to create an Universal natural scripting language for all over the world.

Bharati script…

  • It can help the next generation of Indians to easily read in Indian languages
  • It is an ideal script for languages like Konkani or Tulu that don’t have their own script
  • It can serve as a writing system for the innumerable tribal languages of India, and languages of
    the NorthEast.
  • It can act as a link script for migrant Indians who move out of their native state for work.
  • It can connect the millions of NRI children back to Indian literature.
  • It can lead to a new system of Braille for Indian languages and even a fingerspelling system for
    the hearing impaired.
  • It can shorten the duration of adult literacy programs from 6 months to a few weeks
    Bharati can change how India writes and reads.
https://alumni.iitm.ac.in/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Bharati_project_scriptv2.pdf

Context: Researchers from IIT Madras have already developed a unified script for nine Indian languages, named the Bharati Script.

Now, going a step further, developed a method for reading documents in Bharati script using a multi-lingual optical character recognition (OCR) scheme.

What is Optical Character Recognition (OCR) scheme?

  1. It involves first separating (or segmenting) the document into text and non-text.
  2. The text is then segmented into paragraphs, sentences words and letters.
  3. Each letter has to be recognised as a character in some recognisable format such as ASCII or Unicode.
  4. The letter has various components such as the basic consonant, consonant modifiers, vowels etc.

What is Bharati Script?

It is an alternative script for the languages of India developed by a team at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Madras lead by Dr. Srinivasa Chakravarthy.

The scripts that have been integrated include Devnagari, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Gujarati, Oriya, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil.

Format:

The Bharati characters are made up of three tiers stacked vertically. The consonant at the root of the letter is placed in the centre and the modifiers are in the top and bottom tiers.

Bharati has, in general, 17 vowels and 22 consonants.

Need for unified script?

A common script for the entire country is hoped to bring down many communication barriers in India.

One Billion People. One Script. | Srinivas Chakravarthy | TEDxGITAMUniversity

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