Indian scripts typically use ‘letters’ that are associated with specific sounds. Taking this logic into account, Srikanth Rangachari, a twenty-four-year-old teacher, thought it would be fun to create a script, using symbols from currency around the world!
The “Currency Script”, as he calls it, is the fruit of his three-month labour. It has 51 letters, representing different sounds. For example, the US dollar sign represents the sound ‘da’, while the UK pound sign is ‘aa’ and the Nigerian naira sign is the ‘na’ sound. He has also incorporated common symbols such as ‘/’, ‘@’, and ‘*’ to create a script to fit almost any language!
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While some may doubt its accuracy, according to a report by The Hindu, Srikanth has used his script to rewrite 702 stanzas of 18 chapters of the Bhagavad Gita. Apart from that, he has also translated the national anthem into the ‘Currency Script’.
This script has the potential to unlock several possibilities for the preservation of languages, according to Srikanth. In a conversation with The Hindu, he states, “People who don’t have a script can use it for writing their own languages”.
He adds that this is especially useful in tribal languages, which have no known scripts. While this has yet to be tested or implemented in a tribal language, the creation of this script also highlights the need to preserve tribal languages for posterity, and by giving it a unique script, it ensures that there is a written record for the future. For his efforts, he was recognised by the Amazing Book of Indian World Records.