Sylheti Nagari

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Sylheti Nagari
Silôṭi Nagri
Languages Sylheti, Bengali
Time period
16th-20th Century
Direction Left-to-right
ISO 15924 Sylo, 316
Unicode alias
Syloti Nagri

Sylheti Nagari or Jalalabadi Nagri (Silôṭi Nagôri) is the original script used for writing the Sylheti language. It is an almost extinct script, this is because the Sylheti Language itself was reduced to only dialect status after Bangladesh gained independence and because it did not make sense for a dialect to have its own script, its use was heavily discouraged. The government of the newly formed Bangladesh did so to promote a greater "Bengali" identity. This led to the informal adoption of the Eastern Nagari script also used for Bengali and Assamese. It is also known as Jalalabadi Nagri, Mosolmani Nagri, Ful Nagri etc.

Sylheti symbols

Similarities between Nagri Unicode and Bangla


  • 5 independent vowels
  • 5 dependent vowel signs attached to a consonant letter



  • 27 consonants


Sample Text

Front page of a Nagri book titled "Halot-un-Nobi", written in the mid nineteenth century by Sadeq Ali of Sylhet


Sylheti Nagari was added to the Unicode Standard in March, 2005 with the release of version 4.1.

The Unicode block for Sylheti Nagari is U+A800–U+A82F:

Syloti Nagri[1][2]
Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
1.^ As of Unicode version 8.0
2.^ Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points


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