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February 10, 2008 / yolynne

Renowned Indian Calligrapher and Typographer Prof. R.K. Joshi will always be remembered

I would like to extend my condolences to Prof. R.K. Joshi’s family and friends.  To his friends at CDAC (the host for IOSN South Asia Regional Node), pls. continue whatever legacy he has started, it will make his spirit more happy knowing that you are continuing his passion.

Below is a repost from Type Directors Club Website

Type Directors Club : News : R K Joshi

R K Joshi, 1936–2008

Sad news reached us that renowned calligrapher and typographer professor R K Joshi, who served as the ATypI country delegate for India, passed away in San Francisco on February 5th, at the age of 72.

After a meritorious 30 year career in the mass communication industry, Prof. Joshi spent 15 years teaching design courses IDC/IIT in Mumbai. He later served as a visiting design specialist at the Centre for Developed of Advanced Computing in Mumbai.

Prof. Joshi helped develop font design software, Indian language word processing packages and designed series of Indic fonts for Microsoft Windows and Linux. He organized exhibitions, workshops and seminars on various aspects of Indian letterforms and exhibited his calligraphic works at educational Institutes and public places. He also wrote poems, staged multilingual happenings, planned multilingual communication campaigns and undertook the first ever calligraphic research in Indian manuscripts and epigraphic writings.

Prof. Joshi spoke on Indian design, calligraphy, type design, compugraphy for ATypI, TDC, Icograda and other organizations. He received numerous awards including the CAG Hall of Fame (1992) and the Ad Club Distinguished Achievement Award (2004).

A recording of a 2007 interview with Prof. Joshi is available in the TypeRadio archive:,R.K.

More information about Prof. Joshi is available at the CDAC website:

By: Adam Twardoch

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  1. Manohar Desai / May 7 2009 1:48 am

    Thanks for adding R.K.Joshisir on net.

    Ithink CDAC, idc these people have lots ohf his

    collection. Pls try to make them available for RK

    and Calligraphy lovers.

    Iam Manohar, Working as a Calligraphy – Typography

    in Symbiosis Inst. of Pune,


  2. Spielor / Sep 3 2009 2:20 am

    Nothing but true.

  3. anil nahate / Aug 18 2010 10:44 pm

    I am very thankful to the great person R.K. Joshi sir…
    previously he was with us, he is and he will be…God bless him

    anil nahate

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