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D Udaya Kumar, the man behind Rupee symbol

Posted on: October 26, 2010

By IBN Live
New Delhi: Thirty-one-year-old D Udaya Kumar’s design was chosen from amongst 2468 entries. It will be the one symbol that would represent India’s growing economic power and be the nation’s identity amidst an elite set of currencies like the Dollar, Pound or the Euro.

A student of IIT-Bombay, D Udaya Kumar told us how he designed the Rupee symbol using Devanagri and Roman scripts.

“It is inspired by Devnagri and Roman letters,” said Udaya.

On July 15, 2010: when the Union Cabinet chosed his symbol, Udaya was making a transition in life, he had completed four years as a PhD student in Industrial design at IIT-Mumbai and had moved to teaching students as an Assistant Professor in IIT-Guwahati. Physically far removed from his Tamilian roots in Chennai where he was brought up the subject of his research remains close to his mother tongue.

Udaya’s PhD thesis is on the little known subject of Tamil typography which deals with designing fonts for the Tamil script which make it easier to read. It’s a field of research that could help develop and make it easier to use several regional languages like Tamil on the computer.

“How does one read the Tamil script? There have been many studies done around the Roman script across the world. Literature are available but not many research like that has happened around our own script. So I would like to work on readability or legibility issues of designing Tamil typefaces. How quickly you can read or letter can be comprehended,” said Kumar.

Have things changed for this introvert academic after he became the man who gave the Rupee its symbol.

“No life remains the same,” said Kumar.

Life may not have changed for him but his symbol has changed the way the Rupee would be represented forever.


1 Response to "D Udaya Kumar, the man behind Rupee symbol"

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