Calligraphy Style Gurmukhi Font

A little over a year ago I wrote a blog post about my interest in making a handwritten computer font style of Gurmukhi Calligraphy. While my excitement was there and I received emails from a few people who could hand write Gurbani Calligraphy, I didn’t have the time to make it happen.

A few days ago I was excited to receive an email from a Albel Singh  from England whose love for hand writing Gurbani resulted in the creation of the all new Prabhki Calligraphy style font! Once you have installed this font on your computer you can use it do display Gurbani text in a very beautiful way. It opens up a whole new door to creativity with how Gurbani is displayed in the digital world.


Albel Singh shared how the font idea came about…

"My schooling was in India. One of the kirtaniya use to get hand written Gurbani Shabads written  for him to do kirtan and to keep them on harmonium, this gave me bit of practice, then I practised writing and on our 2nd wedding Anversarry gifted my wife a handwritten Hukumnama Sahib of our wedding. Its amazing feeling to write Gurbani, you loose track of time. Then one day someone asked which font is this, that gave me the idea to make a computer font."

The "Prabhki" font is named after his recent newborn daughter (Prabhki Kaur). This font is hopefully just the start of many more Gurbani Hand written font styles!

In this age of technology it is important that we nourish and explore the creativity that is inside each of us. We all have the creative capacity to manifest beautiful things. Whether it is in words, art, websites, fonts, or any form of creative expression. So, if you have been thinking about doing something creative for a while and have been putting it off. Don’t hold back and just flow with it and see what manifests!

Download the Prabhki Gurmukhi Font

Instructions on how to install a font in windows

33 Responses to “Calligraphy Style Gurmukhi Font”

  1. Gursimran Singh says:

    =D Love the font many thanks =D

  2. Sukhmani Kaur says:

    totally!!!!

  3. Prabhjot says:

    Thank You!! I have been looking for the calligraphy font for so long; almost with the same thought that Albel Singh had once. I can’t thank him enough.
     

  4. Paramjot singh says:

    Really nice Thx !!!

  5. Mahant Satnam Singh says:

    Your Comment… This is realy artistic font you are too close to puratan hastlikhit lipi. Guru sahib hor baksish karan jee.

  6. WAHEGURU JI KAA KHAALSAA WAHEGURU JI KI FATEH

    great new fonts wonder blog posts i am waiting for more may Waheguru bless you all

    WAHEGURU JI KAA KHAALSAA WAHEGURU J KI FATEH

  7. Sant Kaur says:

    Thank you. This is beautiful.

  8. non says:

    anyone know how i can use this font with STTM2 program?

  9. Jasmeet Singh says:

    Thank you for the lovely font! God Bless You!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful font. Well worth the effort.

    However, I loaded it and had a go at typing with it to find that the word processor was using the default font instead (it does this when characters exist on the system but not in the specified font).

    I loaded it up in my font editor to see what was happening and found that the font only exists in the ASCII character space – it is not UTF-8 (my keyboard types UTF-8 codes for ਪੰਜਾਬੀ which is why you see 'ਪੰਜਾਬੀ' written in ਗੁਰਮੁਖੀ and not 'pMjwbI' in ASCII – I don't need to specify a font for any particular piece of text).

    A font like this is too good to miss out on standards-compliant encoding (such as in web-pages, wordprocessor documents and so on) so could we have a UTF-8 (unicode) version please?

    If you want, I can make your font into a font that supports both the UniCode mappings and your existing ASCII mappings and then you can use it for both purposes – as the computer world changes over to UniCode, it will be there waiting. It would be a pity for such a good font to disappear as the world converts to UniCode and ASCII-mapped Gurmukhi disappears.

    Let me know and keep up the good work.

  11. Singh says:

    looks amazing!!!!

    congrats to deigners

    one thing: as some letter’s have extended tails (khakha & papa), they overlap the onkar underneath and  can either be missed (overlooked) or be misunderstood for a ‘pehar de vich rara’.

    This has been brought to my attention by quite a few people.

    when reading Gurbani such mistakes will change the meanings of Gurbani tremedeously and that should be avoided at all costs.

    possible solution could be, that when there is an laga-mattar below the letter then the letter no longer has a tail.

    No criticism wat-so-ever…just a suggestion

    Gurmustuk Singh, if you could please forward my two pence to the designers…ultimately its upto them to decide whether they see it as an issue or not

    Singh

  12. Gurmeet Kaur says:

    simply beautiful. Thank you Albel Singh for this gift to the Sangat.

  13. Sarabjot Kaur says:

    Beautiful. And easy to install on a Mac…

    –right click on the link and choose “Save Linked File As…”. Remove the .txt extension from the end of the filename (ie it should look like this: Prabhki.ttf) and save on the desktop.
    –From the desktop, double click on the file. This should add it to your fonts library. (if not, from finder navigate on your computer disk to Libary/Fonts and copy and paste the file there).
    –Restart your computer. voila!

  14. Sarib Singh Khalsa says:

    What a great font!  Gurumustuk, can you put me in touch with the creator?

  15. Interesting to see font installation from the Mac side of the fence.

    I thought that OS X was based upon BSD. With this in mind and wanting computing to be easier,

    I wonder if the procedure on
    http://www.billie.grosse.is-a-geek.com/computer-02.html?o=obsk
    works.

    That is using a true BSD (OpenBSD) and the interesting thing is that you can type fonts:/ in the address bar of the file browser and it will come up with the system/ and personal/ options.

    It also does this on the machine (OpenSuSE with KDE) that I’m writing this on at the moment.

    The comment about the tails getting in the way of below-baseline features is an interesting one. I solved this on my Raaj font by using ligatures.

    For the page that inspired me to produce the Raaj font, look at
    http://www.mrsikhnet.com/index.php/2008/01/10/calligraphy-punjabi-gurmukhi/comment-page-1/#comment-23247
    – install the Raaj Script or Raaj Script Thin fonts from
    http://www.billie.grosse.is-a-geek.com/resources-03.html
    and then produce the image at the top of the page – the one that says ‘ਮਤਿਨਾਮੁ’. Notice the aunkard is displaced to the left – this can be done using an alternative aunkard (mapped to the ‘-’ key).

    To get the variability in pressure caused by an irregular background, type what you want to produce in an image processor and then blur it by, say 3 pixels (this is for web design), add another layer and put the page texture onto that. Set its transparency down to, say, 30 per cent (depends upon the background) and then merge it with the text layer. Now you have one transparent layer. Go into its densities and set the lower level of the alpha channel to the transparency you set for the background. Now, your font looks as though it was hand-written on uneven paper. You can do this overscale (say by a factor of 3) and then use a threshold function and then scale down to what it should be to get the result you need. By doing it that way instead of using a degraded font, you get different irregularities for each letter, regardless of how many ‘ਣ’s you use.

    Just email me on [email protected] if you want anything clearing up.

    For more ਗੁਰਮੁਖੀ fonts, look at
    http://www.billie.grosse.is-a-geek.com/resources-03.html
    for the fonts page

  16. Interesting to see font installation from the Mac side of the fence.

    I thought that OS X was based upon BSD. With this in mind and wanting computing to be easier,

    I wonder if the procedure on
    http://www.billie.grosse.is-a-geek.com/computer-02.html?o=obsk
    works.

    That is using a true BSD (OpenBSD) and the interesting thing is that you can type fonts:/ in the address bar of the file browser and it will come up with the system/ and personal/ options.

    It also does this on the machine (OpenSuSE with KDE) that I’m writing this on at the moment.

    The comment about the tails getting in the way of below-baseline features is an interesting one. I solved this on my Raaj font by using ligatures.

    For the page that inspired me to produce the Raaj font, look at
    http://www.mrsikhnet.com/index.php/2008/01/10/calligraphy-punjabi-gurmukhi/comment-page-1/#comment-23247
    – install the Raaj Script or Raaj Script Thin fonts from
    http://www.billie.grosse.is-a-geek.com/resources-03.html
    and then produce the image at the top of the page – the one that says ‘ਮਤਿਨਾਮੁ’. Notice the aunkard is displaced to the left – this can be done using an alternative aunkard (mapped to the ‘-’ key).

    To get the variability in pressure caused by an irregular background, type what you want to produce in an image processor and then blur it by, say 3 pixels (this is for web design), add another layer and put the page texture onto that. Set its transparency down to, say, 30 per cent (depends upon the background) and then merge it with the text layer. Now you have one transparent layer. Go into its densities and set the lower level of the alpha channel to the transparency you set for the background. Now, your font looks as though it was hand-written on uneven paper. You can do this overscale (say by a factor of 3) and then use a threshold function and then scale down to what it should be to get the result you need. By doing it that way instead of using a degraded font, you get different irregularities for each letter, regardless of how many ‘ਣ’s you use.

    Just email me on [email protected] if you want anything clearing up.

    For more ਗੁਰਮੁਖੀ fonts, look at
    http://www.billie.grosse.is-a-geek.com/resources-03.html
    for the fonts page.

  17. albelSingh says:

    Waheguru ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh,
       Piyari sangat jio, its the beauty of our mother(maa boli), and above that our father (Guru Nanak(s)) who gave us Gurbani. lets do ardaas before HIM, to let us fall in Love with it.

    any suggestions, instructions, coments to improve the font feel free to write at
    [email protected]

  18. albelsingh says:

    Waheguru ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh, Piyari sangat jio, its the beauty in itself of our mother(maa boli), and above that our father (Guru Nanak(s)) who gave us Gurbani. lets do ardaas before HIM, to let us immerse in Love with it. any suggestions, instructions, coments to improve the font feel free to write at  [email protected]

  19. Inderjeet Singh says:

    WJKK WJKF!

    Thank you so much veer ji for this font. I have been searching for many years for a font like this. 

    May Guru ji bless you and all the sewadars that made it happen.

    WJKK WJKF

    x

  20. Congratulations from Kuk Punjabi Samachar. This is wonderful font. Thanx and God Bless you.

  21. anita minhas says:

    hi,
    i want to get a tatoo that says destiny which means qismat in punjabi. i was wondering if u knew how to write it in punjabi letters

  22. ਕ਼ਿਸਮਤ Note that the kakkaa is a paer bindi form.

  23. ranjeeta says:

    can you please write Reeyun for me in this script….i’ve tried eveywhere else and no one can help…. i really want to know waht my sons name in gurmukhi looks like..
    thank you

    • singh khaalsaa says:

      Waheguru Ji Kaa Khaalsaa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

      thought i might help!

      if you have prabhki {font} installed try using these in word or any custom text program {if you are using windows}

      the combinations below would give you different versions of your son’s name { didn’t know how your son’s name Reeyun was spelled}

      so i tried all the combinations that might be possible {audio pronunciation might have been more useful}

      rIaUn

      rIAn

      rIAx

      rIXun

      rIXUn

      rIXUx

      i tried making PNG images of all combinations using a 1600X1200 template!

      uploaded these over to the web and all six combinations are in a zip file too! you can have them here at:

      http://drop.io/khaalsaa/

      {password protected because this is a private drop, didn’t want much onlookers}

      guest password is: khaalsaa@dropio

      i visit this page often { via Google search: “mrsikhnet calligraphy”} whenever i need these fonts for here is a prabhki download link and i love this blog!

      in my today’s visit i happened to read the comments, so read your comment and thought maybe i should help “the lady who wants to see her son’s name in Gurmukhi”

      your wish elated me!

      thanks for asking!

      @MrSikhNet i know this comment might not be read by the lady so i think you can help here!

      please forward this comment to ranjeeta, you have her records {email} at your end!

      thanks again Albel Singh for the beautiful fonts.

      May Waheguru Bless All

      Waheguru ji Kaa Khaalsaa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

  24. Harjeet says:

    this font is very exquisite. thankxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  25. jagdish singh says:

    wjwjf, dear brother. pl help me to email ,satnam sri waheguru, in kaligrap[h. thanking you

  26. Thanks for providing this typeface. I was looking for a long time for such a typeface. Thanks once again and keep doing such good work. :)

    With regards,
    Manu

  27. inderjeet singh says:

    sat shri akal

  28. aman says:

    great…really thanks…

  29. Paul Grosse says:

    Sorry about this folks,

    My DNS service has messed up (they too k the opportunity of an IP address change to deny my wildcard) and as a result…

    The links to http://www.billie.grosse.is-a-geek.com/ should now be changed to http://grosse.is-a-geek.com/billie/

    Again, sorry about this.

  30. sukhjit says:

    your work is so appreciated by sikhism lover