Investigating Frequently Used Stroke Sequence, of Handwritten Devanagari Letters, by Observing Second Script Learners

  • Santosh KshirsagarEmail author
  • Ravi Poovaiah
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 34)


Eleven scripts are used in multilingual India today. However, not enough research is found in the domain of handwriting acquisition. In this study, we investigate Devanagari handwriting activity by observing its second script learners. A text paragraph containing basic Devanagari letters, numbers and few consonant clusters, is given to a selection of students, who have learnt Devanagari as the second script. This activity is captured using a movie camera. A similar activity is conducted on a student who has learnt Devanagari as the first script. We separate key letters from the scanned manuscript for observation of shape and stroke sequence. To observe the direction and sequence of strokes, we separate video clips of key letters. In this paper, we present a detailed analysis of the key letter ‘Ka’. It is observed that second script learners exhibit a variety in the types of stroke sequences used to produce the letter. Cross-checking the stroke sequence in a prescribed school book, provides us insights on the ideal stroke sequence.


Handwriting acquisition Second script Stroke sequence Devanagari 



Thanks to K.C. Matunga Municipal Tamil School and K.D. Gayakwad Municipal Telugu School, Mumbai for allowing us to conduct this experiment in their schools. Thanks to Noopur Datye for making and adding finishing touches to the images. Thanks to Lavanya Varadrajan for proofreading the text.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art, IDCIndian Institute of TechnologyMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Industrial Design CentreIndian Institute of TechnologyMumbaiIndia

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