Santali alphabet (Ol Cemet'/Ol Chiki)   Ol Cemet'

The Santali alphabet, which is also known as Ol Cemet', Ol Ciki or Ol, was created in the 1920s by Pandit Raghunath Murmu as part of his efforts to promote Santali culture. Every other major language in India had its own alphabet, so he thought Santali should as well.

Until the invention of this alphabet, Santali was either not written at all, or was written with the Bengali or Odia alphabets. Christian missionaries prefer to write Santali with the Latin alphabet.

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Santali or Santhali (Satār), a Munda language spoken by about 5.8 million people in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. The alphabet was designed for a southern dialect of Santali spoken in the Mayurbhanj district of the Indian state of Orissa.

Santali is also written with the Odia, Bengali, Devanagari and Latin alphabets.

Santali alphabet and numerals

Hear how to pronounce Santali:

Sample texts

Sample text in Santali in the Ol Chiki alphabet


Sample text in Santali in the Devanagari alphabet


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Sample videos in Santali

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Information about the Ol Cemet' script

Information about Santali and the Munda languages

Santali / Ol Cemet' fonts

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