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Idital - Typeface for Sora Sompeng
The Sauras (alternative names and spellings include Saora, Sora, Savara and Sabara) are a tribe from Southern Odisha, north coastal Andhra Pradesh in India. They are also inhabitant the hills of Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. At home they speak their mother tongue Saura which is an AustroAsiatic language. Sauras have used other non-native dominant scripts before developing their own script. For instance in Odihsa, the Odia script was used while communicating with others.
 
The “Idital” project was started to create a font for the Sora script in response to the increased availability of technology within the Saura people. “Idital” is the main deity of the Sauras to whom their traditional mural paintings (“Italons”) are dedicated. The project was started with the help and support of experts of tribal language and activists with the aim of creating and popularizing a font for the Saura language.
Sauras have used other non-native dominant scripts before developing their own script. For instance in Odihsa, the Odia script was used while communicating with others. In 1936, Mangei Gomango, a prominent Saura scholar, created the script for Sauras. He broke down the language into 25 letters and 10 digits. This script was named Sora Sompeng and was dedicated to Akshara-Bramha(Alphabet deity of Sauras)
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Anatomy of Sora Sompeng
The complete set
Multilingual children's book
A calender
The Sora Sompeng typeface would facilitate future activities involving the native script which in turn would enable the tribe to take forward their literary heritage in both formal and informal spaces.
Idital - Typeface for Sora Sompeng
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Idital - Typeface for Sora Sompeng

Typeface design to revive Sora Sompeng- a tribal font from Odisha, India.
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Published: