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Sindhi (سنڌي)

Sindhi is an Indo-Aryan language with about 17 million speakers in the south-eastern province of Sind in Pakistan and about 2.8 million people in India.

The Sindhi language first appeared in writing in the 8th century AD and a number of different scripts have been used to write it. Sindhi literature, in particular lyric poetry, began to appear towards the end of the 15th century.

Khudawadi (Sindhi) script

This Khudawadi script, formerly known as the Sindhi script, was decreed a standard script for Sindhi by the Government of Bombay in 1868. It was was developed by Narayan Jagannath Mehta, the Deputy Educational Inspector in Sindh, and is based mainly on the old Khudawadi script, which was used in Hyderabad. It was officially known the 'Hindi Sindhi' or 'Hindu Sindhi' and was used in education and literature. It was eventually replaced by the Arabic script.

Sindhi script (1868 version)


Arabic script for Sindhi (سنڌي الفابيٽ)

The modern Sindhi abjad is used in Pakistan and is based on the version of the Perso-Arabic script used to write Urdu. It was adopted, under British influence, in 1852.

Arabic script for Sindhi

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Sample text in Sindhi

Sample text in Sindhi


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Devanāgarī alphabet for Sindhi (सिन्धी अल्फ़ाबेट)

In India Sindhi is also written with a version of the Devanagari script.

Devanagari alphabet for Sindhi



Arabic numerals and Sindhi numbers


Information about Sindhi

Information about the Sindhi script

National Council for the Promotion of the Sindhi Language

Free Arabic fonts for Sindhi

Free Devanagari fonts

Indo-Aryan languages

Awadhi, Assamese, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Chakma, Dhivehi, Fiji Hindi, Gujarati, Hajong, Hindi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Kotia, Kutchi, Magahi, Maithili, Marathi, Marwari, Modi, Nepali, Odia, Palula, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Rohingya, Romani, Saraiki, Sarnámi Hindustani, Sindhi, Sinhala, Shina, Sourashtra, Sugali, Sylheti, Urdu

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas

Languages written with the Devanāgarī alphabet

Other languages written with the Arabic script

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