Mysuru, November 16:- “To learn more about any script, it is better to study it in its original form than follow what other writers have come up with,” said Deputy Commissioner D Randeep here on Thusday.
He was speaking after inaugurating a workshop on Modi script held by Karnataka state archives department, Bengaluru at Vishweshwar Nagar. He received a book on Modi script on the occasion.
“I had no knowledge about the script earlier. Modi script has a long history. It was being used during the time of Peshwas. It was the script used for Marathi language. When I Googled about that script, I wondered why there has been no workshop on this. In Modi script, one does not lift the pen up once he/she starts writing. I suppose it was there even during the time of British. The department of archives has protected the letters of Diwan Poornaiah. The workshop will help to know more about the script,” he added.
“Till 1950, 11,800 documents were preserved. The department aims at preserving ancient documents for the benefit of researchers. We have 222 documents of the era of Diwan Poornaiah. If it is written lifting the hand, then it is Kannada. If not, it is Modi script. The documents of Marathas, Nizam, Adil Shahis were in Modi. By studying these documents, we can learn about our history. Scripts are not only there in North India but also in South India. By learning only Kannada and English, scripts cannot be studied effectively. It may make it impossible to study scripts in future,” he said.
Dr J V Gayatri, Dr S Ambujakshi and others were present. (MR/GK).