Gurmukhi Handwritten - Penti Akhari TrueType Font for free download. . .
Like Dukander and Adhiapak, Penti Akhari is real handwriting. This is what Gurmukhi looked like at the end of the 16th century and at the beginning of the 17th. GHW Penti Akhari is what you would have seen as neat handwriting in important works such as scriptures and so on, where legibility is important - note that normally, no spaces are used and with this in mind, this font includes 4 Larivar styles where instead of having to eliminate spaces by hand, the font simply doesn't write a space (ie, the cursor doesn't move). Word breaks are still there and whilst it will just join up the words without any spaces, your word processor will still break for a new line at a word boundary. If you want to have letters right up to the end of the line for the sake of art over legibility - ie, part-way through a word - you are going to have to insert line breaks manually. This is still easier than removing all spaces or than typing the original text without any spaces at word boundaries.
Interestingly, the normal open oorda (ਓ - the standalone version of ਕੋ) is drawn as ੳ - you don't need to convert any ਓs to ੳs to get the shape, it is already in the font.
In the interest of compatibility with reading modern Gurmukhi, I have also included adhak (ਕੱਕ) and the dotted forms - ਸ਼, ਖ਼, ਗ਼, ਜ਼ and ਫ਼.
The image on the right shows a comparison of late 16th- early 17th-Century Gurmukhi with: modern Gurmukhi on the left; and, as an interesting pointer, where some similarities lie with Devanagari (albeit modern Devanagari).
On the second line, you can see how ਙ has lost its extra curve at the top (it was like the Devanagari character इ, the equivalent in Gurmukhi of ਇ) to become the modern version.
On the next line, ਝ has generated a loop to become the modern version and you can see that ਡ has had the bottom line extended to the left.
Furthere down, you can see that the two lines of ਕੈ now meet in the same place at the top of the letter and that originally, ਕੰ was a circle.
Likewise, the horda (ਕੌ) originally had a circle with the tail as well.
Comparing it with Devanagari, ਛ is extremely similar to the equivalent letter छ.
With the letters, you can see that the sihari (ਕਿ), is drawn so that the tip reaches across to the vertical line in the letter it belongs to, as in कि - this is done in Devanagari because groups of consonants can be made and the sihari demonstrates where the right hand side of the conjunct is (for, example, in the word 'stick' - 'स्टिक').
Finally, the aunkard is written in the same way as in Devanagari when writing devanagari by hand, with the right hand side looping around from the end of the letter it belongs to, as in टु, thus making it quick to write, as opposed to in Gurmukhi, where it lies clearly and evenly under it - ਟੁ. This is just as quick to write in Gurmukhis because, although you have taken your pen off the paper, you don't have to reposition it as accurately because it is not in contact with the parent letter.
The numbers also have some differences which are similar to Devanagari as you can see on the right.
Interestingly, the 16th century 9 (੯) is very much like the modern Gurmukhi 9, except that the horizontal line is missing.
Examples of artwork with GHW Penti Akhari . . .
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Download GHW Penti Akhari TrueType font 'GHWPentiAkhari_3.ttf': 134,872Bytes.
Download GHW Penti Akhari Larivar TrueType font 'GHWPentiAkhari_L3.ttf': 134,908Bytes.
Download GHW Penti Akhari TrueType font 'GHWPentiAkhari_5.ttf': 134,408Bytes.
Download GHW Penti Akhari Larivar TrueType font 'GHWPentiAkhari_L5.ttf': 134,444Bytes.
Download GHW Penti Akhari TrueType font 'GHWPentiAkhari_7.ttf': 134,256Bytes.
Download GHW Penti Akhari Larivar TrueType font 'GHWPentiAkhari_L7.ttf': 134,292Bytes.
Download GHW Penti Akhari TrueType font 'GHWPentiAkhari_9.ttf': 135,376Bytes.
Download GHW Penti Akhari Larivar TrueType font 'GHWPentiAkhari_L9.ttf': 135,412Bytes.
Download GHW Penti Akhari Script TrueType font 'GHWPentiAkhari_s6.ttf': 130,504Bytes.
Download GHW Penti Akhari Script TrueType font 'GHWPentiAkhari_s9.ttf': 135,480Bytes.