Ol Chiki Lower Case Letters Invented by Sudip Iglesias Murmu
Due to efforts by Sudip Iglesias Murmu, Ol Chiki, script for Santali Language, becomes more perfect and ready to be accepted as a global language
By: Ajanta HC
The script of Santali language, Ol Chiki, was invented by Guru Gomke Pandit Raghunath Murmu and since then his efforts have contributed historically to the development of Santali language and writing.
Sudip Iglesias Murmu (SiM), the innovator, has done something that Ol Chiki script needed for years. His effort is expected to enrich it technically and practically.
SiM hails from Ghatshila, Jharkhand and currently lives in Santragachi, West Bengal.
A graphic designer and typographer by profession, he did a lot of research to understand the complexity and problems that Ol Chiki script was facing, working for it since 2017. According to him there are two types of styles in Ol Chiki writing. One, capital letter and the second OlUsara (a cursive writing).
Till now only capital letters are used in writing and publishing, Ol Usara is used in writing quickly but despite its fine ability, its circulation is negligible and it is still yet to get Unicode standardization, this way it is still neglected.
To solve this problem, SiM has conceptualized new principle of a series of lowercase letters, which he has integrated with the already existing font of Ol Chiki, now Ol Chiki can be written and typed in both upper and lowercase letters at the same time as in Latin .This not only gives an attractive look but also eases us to write and type efficiently.
This effort of SiM will give a new dimension to the Ol Chiki script.
This innovation shall be presented to Ministry of Culture in Government of India through the efforts of the promoters of Ajanta HC, as part of their efforts to preserve and promote the indigenous culture of India.