The KADAMBA SCRIPT (known as Pre Old
Kannada script) marks the birth
of a dedicated script for writing
Kannada . It is a descendant of the
Brahmi script , an abugida visually close to the
Kalinga alphabet .
The Kadamba script was developed during the reign of the Kadamba
dynasty in the 4th–6th centuries. The Kadamba script is also known
Kannada script. This script later became popular in what is
today the state of
Goa and was used to write
Konkani and Marathi .
The Kadamba script is one of the oldest of the southern group of
South Asian scripts that evolved from the
Brahmi script . By 5th
century CE it became different from other Brahmi variants and was used
in southern Indian states of
Andhra Pradesh . It evolved
into the Old
Kannada script by the 10th century CE and was used to
Kannada and Telugu .
Many scripts were derived from Kadamba script, including the Pyu
* 1 History
* 2 Similar scripts
* 3 Kadamba-
* 4 Inscriptions in Kadamba script
* 5 See also
* 6 References
* 7 External links
sri manarashi written in Kadamba script on Kadamba coin
Coin of Kadamba king Sri Manarashi, name written in Kadamba script
Coin of the
Kadambas written in Kadamba script as sri dosharashi
and other side Shri shashankaha sri dosharashi written in
Kadamba script on Kadamba coin
During (325 to 550 AD) the rule of
Kadambas major change in the
Brahmi script evolved into Kadamba
Kannada script, letters were
shorter and round in shape. During (325 to 1000 AD) the rule of Gangas
southern parts of
Kannada script used differently (also
known as Ganga script) in rock edicts and copper plate inscriptions.
During 6th to 10th century AD the
Kannada script stabilized during the
Badami Chalukyas (called Chalukya script 500-1000 AD ) and
Kannada (Halegannada/Halekannada) script is the continuation
of Kadamba script used to write
Kannada and Telugu , basically the Old
Kannada is also known as the Kannada-
Telugu script .
Brahmi -> Kadamba -> Old
Kannada and Telugu scripts
Bhattiprolu and Gupta the similar scripts to Kadamba script
Bhattiprolu script ,
Salankayana script, Pallava script
Gupta script a family of alphasyllabaries or abugidas has some
Sinhala script is closely related to Grantha script and Old Khmer
script (closely related to Kadamba-Pallava script) taken the elements
from Kadamba script.
Indian Writing Systems Comparison: Kadamba
Kannada script with
Latin correspondences. Kadamba
Kannada script, 5th century
Pallava script Kadamba-
During the rule of
Pallavas , the script accompanied priests, monks,
scholars and traders into South East Asia.
Pallavas developed a script
based on Brahmi, main characteristics of the newer script are
aesthetically matched and fuller consonant glyphs. Similar to Pallava
script, also visible in the writing systems of Chalukya, Kadamba,
Vengi at the time of Ikshvakus. Brahmi design iwas slightly different
of the scripts of Cholas, Pandyas and Cheras.
Pallava script very
first significant developments of Brahmi in India, take care in
combining rounded and rectangular strokes and adding typographical
effects, was suitable for civic and religious inscriptions.
Pallava script evolved into early forms of
Kannada and Telugu
scripts . Glyphs become more rounded and incorporate loops because of
writing upon leaves and paper. The scripts which are descended from
Pallava script are
Pyu script , Burmese , Mon , Kawi ,
Khom , Khmer , Thai , Lao , Sinhalese and
Tai Lue .
INSCRIPTIONS IN KADAMBA SCRIPT
* Inscription of 4th Century AD of Vengi Vijayanandivarma in Kadamba
* Gudnapur Inscription on 20-foot long stone pillar written in
* Copper plate inscriptions in Kadamba (Pre - Chalukya) script,
Kadamba-Pallava script, Kannada-
Telugu script are available at Chennai
Standard indic table
Ancient Philippine scripts
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