Devanagari. Even though a descendent of the Brahmi script, Devanagari has evolved into a highly cursive script. Many languages in India, such as Hindi and Sanskrit, use Devanagari and many more languages throughout India use local variants of this script. Genealogy: Brahmi. Location: South Asia. Time: 12th century CE to Present. Direction: Left to Right.
The Brahmi script appeared in India most certainly by the 5th century BCE, but early texts suggests that its origin lies further back in time. There are several theories on to the origin of the Brahmi script. The first theory is that Brahmi has a West Semitic origin. Location: South Asia. Time: 5th century BCE to 4th century CE. Direction: Variable (Horizontal).