Vatteluttu ("ISOtranslit|vaṭṭeḻuttu") or "rounded writing" is an
abugida writing systemoriginating from the Dravidian peoples of Southern India and Sri Lanka. The generic term of Vatteluttu, known as the "Pallava script", was mentioned by scholars of Southeast Asian studiessuch as George Coedesand D.G.E. Hall. The Pallavaswere a Tamil dynasty who reigned in the early centuries of the Common Era (c. 275 to 500 CE). Vatteluttu, or the Pallava script forms the basis for several writing systems of Southeast Asia and beyond : Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesiaand the Philippines. [cite book | last = Steever| first = Sanford B.| title = The Dravidian Languages| year = 1998| publisher = Routledge| location = London; New York]
Inscriptional records in the
Tamil languagedate from 300 BCE to 1800 CE and have undergone varying changes through history. [cite book | last = Agesthialingom| first = S. & S.V. Shanmugam| title = The Language of Tamil Inscriptions | year = 1970| publisher = Annamalai University| location = Annamalainagar, India] The Grantha Tamil was an alphabet in which extra letters were created specifically for Sanskrit words. It was also a modified form of Tamil script to write Sanskrit granthas, or books. In Tamil many of the alphabets or letters which are found in Sanskrit are missing.
Mainland Southeast Asia
Monalphabet, from which the Burmese scriptis derived, and the Khmer script, from which the Laoand Thai scripts are derived, were derived from the Pallava script. Fact|date=August 2008
Insular Southeast Asia
The Pallava script is thought to be the the earliest writing system in insular Southeast Asia.Fact|date=August 2008
Its use is found on "
yupa" (stone poles) in Muara Kaman, between Mahakam Riverand Kedang Kepala, around 125 km upstream of Tenggarongin East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The "yupa" were found by a topography worker from Netherlandsin 1879. They are estimated to date 400. They bear inscriptions written in Sanskritthat narrate a story about the achievements of a king called Mulawarwan, grandson of Kudungga. The "yupa" are now in the Indonesia n National Museumin Jakarta.Fact|date=August 2008
An inscription found at Tugu in northern
Jakartaon Java Island, Indonesia, is also written in Pallava script and also in the Sanskrit language. It mentions a king Purnawarmanof Tarumanagarawho built a canal to the sea for the sake of irrigation. It is estimated to date 450.Fact|date=August 2008
Tamil copper-plate inscriptions
Indian copper plate inscriptions
Laguna Copperplate Inscription
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