Bestest gift ever received - this handcrafted horse from Odisha came with a quote saying “Thanks for running like a horse and making our first and largest event a success”- Odia Wikipedia
None noticed such lovely hand-carved type from the 70s?
A marble plate at Jayadev Bhawan (earlier Soochana Bhawan), Bhubaneswar. There was a time when custom types used to be created set stone for new buildings
Karani/Lekhani: This metal stylus is the reason for the (semi)angular characters of Odia script. All of the four South Indian scripts (Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu) also have similar tradition of palm leaf inscription-so, look circular which many think to be a similarity of the scripts. Had to chase behind a local to get this beauty!
Vachana sahitya is a form of rhythmic writing in Kannada poetry that evolved in the 11th century C.E. and flourished in the 12th century as a part of the Lingayatha movement. More than 259 Vachanakaras (Vachana writers) have compiled over 11,000 vachanas. 21,000 of these verses which were published in a 15 volume set, “Samagra Vachana Samputa,” by the Government of Karnataka, a state in South West India, have been digitized. Two Wikimedians along with Kannada linguist and author O. L. Nagabhushana Swamy are involved in the Unicode conversions, corrections and writing the preface for these verses. The entire work is now available a standalone project called Vachana Sanchaya and ready to enrich Kannada WikiSource.
Odia metal blocks: And I am a proud possessor of them. Metal type blocks were once used for typesetting that got completely replaced by digital typesetting. These blocks which took years to create were melted. Sigh.
Fantasy-stuck when we walked in this street. I closed my eyes for a moment and felt all these vintage building in my pocket before we left the street in a hot afternoon (at Juice World)
Bhavartha illustrated Marathi Ramayana (Calligraphy and illustration on paper). Discovered in early 19th century from Maharashtra (at Raja Dinkar Kelkar museum)
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