The Ol Chiki script was created in 1925 by Raghunath Murmu (1905-1982), writer and teacher from what is Mayurbhanj State (now part of Odisha) in India, as a way to write Santli a Munda language spoken mainly in Jharkhand and West Bengal states in northern India, and also in northwestern Bangladesh, eastern Nepal and Bhutan.
Raghunath Murmu created Ol Chiki as a way to promote Santali culture, and also because he thought that Santali should have its own script, like other major languages of India. The script was first publicized in 1939 at the Mayurbhanj State exhibition. Murmu published over 150 books in Santali in the Ol Chiki script, including novels, poetry, drama, grammars, dictionaries and other information about the language and script. A number of other people have also published books in Ol Chiki.
Ol Chiki is also known as Ol Cemet', Ol Ciki, Ol or the Santali alphabet. Santali is also written with the Latin, Odia, Bengali and Devanagari alphabets.
Information about Ol Chiki
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