Pallava Script

Relation of Pallava script or Vattelutu to other modern scripts
Type Abugida
Languages Tamil
Old Javanese
Time period c. 700–present
Parent systems
Proto-Sinaitic alphabet
Child systems Saurashtra
Sister systems Malayalam, Grantha
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Vatteluttu alphabet, also spelled Vattezhutthu alphabet (Tamil: வட்டெழுத்து vaṭṭeḻuttu; Malayalam: വട്ടെഴുത്ത് vaṭṭeḻuttŭ) (means rounded letters) is an Tamil script and Malayalam script.

It was also an ancient writing system used for writing the Tamil language after the 2nd century CE replacing an older Tamil-Brahmi script based on the Brahmi writing system. This rounded form of writing was also used in Kerala to write in Tamil as well as in Proto-Malayalam and Malayalam language. Currently Malayalam uses the Malayalam script. Inhabitants of Kuccaveli, located north of Trincomalee, used the Vatteluttu script between the 5th and 8th centuries, attested to on rock inscriptions found there.[1]

Inscriptional records in the Tamil language date from 300 BCE to 1800 and have undergone varying changes through history.[2] The Grantha Tamil was an alphabet in which extra letters were created specifically for Sanskrit words. It was also a modified form of Tamil script to write Sanskrit granthas, or books. In Tamil many of the letters which are found in Sanskrit do not exist.

See also


  • Sivaramamurti, C, Indian Epigraphy and South Indian Scripts. Bulletin of the Madras Government Museum. Chennai 1999


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