Laṇḍā scripts

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Landa script Chart.

The Laṇḍā scripts (also Lahnda, Landa), meaning "without a tail", is a Punjabi word used to refer to writing systems used in Punjab and nearby parts of North India.[1] It is distinct from the Lahnda language, which used to be called Western Punjabi.

There are at least ten ancient scripts that were classified as Laṇḍā scripts. They were often used as the mercantile scripts of the Punjab region.

Laṇḍā is a script that evolved from the Śāradā during the 10th century. It was widely used in the northern and north-western part of India in the area comprising Punjab, Sindh, Kashmir and some parts of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It was used to write Punjabi, Hindustani, Sindhi, Saraiki, Balochi, Kashmiri, Pashto, and various Punjabi dialects like Pahari-Pothwari.

In later centuries, Gurmukhī evolved from Laṇḍā. Khojkī, an ecclesiastical script of the Isma'ili Khoja community, is within the Sindhi branch of the Landa family of scripts.[2][3] Mahajani, a script previously used for the Punjabi and Mārwāṛī, is related to Laṇḍā. The Khudabadi, formerly used for Sindhi, is a Laṇḍā-based script.[citation needed]


  1. ^ 中西 亮(Nakanishi, Akira) (1980-01-01). Writing systems of the world: alphabets, syllabaries, pictograms. Rutland, Vt.; Tokyo, Japan: C.E. Tuttle Co. pp. 50–51. ISBN 0804812934.
  2. ^ Pandey, Anshuman. 2009. Proposal to Encode the Khojki Script in ISO/IEC 10646
  3. ^ Pandey, Anshuman. 2011. Final Proposal to Encode the Khojki Script in ISO/IEC 10646