Gunjala Gondi is a an abugida or consonant alphabet used to write Gondi, a Central Dravidian language spoken mainly in the Indian states of Telangana, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
In 2006 a team of researchers from the University of Hyderabad led by Professor Jayadheer Tirumala Rao found a number of manuscripts dating from about 1750 in Gunjala, a village in Adilabad district of Telangana state in central India. The manuscripts were written in an unknown script which they named Gunjala Gondi. Later they found that a few elderly people could read the script and that it was used to write Gondi. They revealed their discoveries in 2014, a font was made, and the script was added to Unicode in 2018.
About 80 people have learnt to read and write the script, and they are writing stories in it. A number of books have been published in Gunjala Gondi, and it is being taught in some schools in Andhra Pradesh.
Gunjala Gondi is also known as Gunjala Gondi Lipi or Koytura Gunjala Lipi.
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