About Kavivanar

Creator: Tharique Azeez

License: SIL Open Font License, 1.1

Kavivanar is a unique handwriting font that supports the Tamil and Latin scripts. It is somewhat bold, and slightly slanted, a typical Tamil handwriting style where an incline is popular. The letterforms show a calligraphic pen stress that brings an aliveliness to the letters, and provides texture in body text settings. It works well with both body text and display text because of the intriguing rhythm.

The slanted letterforms for Tamil are inspired from a manuscript by Kavivanar M. A. Azeez (1948-2002), a Tamil poet and educator who lived in the east coast of Sri Lanka.

The Kavivanar project is led by Tharique Azeez, a type designer based in Sri Lanka. To contribute, see github.com/enathu/kavivanar

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Use on the Web

The Kavivanar webfont is available for use on the web via the Google Fonts API.

1. Add this code to your website:

<link href='https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Kavivanar' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'>

Instructions: To embed this font into your web page, copy this code into the <head> of your HTML document.

2. Integrate the font into your CSS:

font-family: 'Kavivanar', Arial, sans-serif;

Instructions: Add the font name to your CSS selector just as you'd do normally with any other font.

Use in Desktop Software

The Kavivanar font has been extracted from the Google Fonts API for use in desktop software.

1. Download the font file in your desired style:

Download TTF
Kavivanar-Regular.ttf
Note: As these fonts come directly from the Google servers, they will need to be renamed.

2. Install to your computer

  • For Windows 10/8/7/Vista
    Right-click the font file then click the "Install" menu option.

  • For Mac OS xx 10.3 or above
    Double-click the font file then click the "Install Font" button at the bottom of the preview.