derekhaglund 5:15pm, 19 November 2013
I'm trying to figure out if there is a more common font that is the basis for the Latin characters in several of the Indian language fonts that ship with the Mac OS 10.8, etc.

THE TARGET

The characters I am interested in are here:
www.flickr.com/photos/98846333@N06/

WHERE I FOUND IT

The fonts which look like this (with variation mostly only in the numbers) are:
Banga MN
Gurmukhi MN
Kannada MN
Lao MN
Malayalam MN
Myanmar MN
Oriya MN
Sinhala MN
Tamil MN
Telugu MN

Note: There is also a font similar to each of these, but with "Sangam" appended (e.g. Bangla Sangam MN", and those are clearly different and NOT what I am looking for.

WHY I SUSPECT THERE MAY BE AN EXTERNAL SOURCE

Of course, these fonts are in there because of their Indian language glyphs, not their Latin ones.

I can't imagine someone too the time to design a set of generic stand-along glyphs, just to accompany the Indian language glyphs, when they could just as easily use existing available work.

UNSUCCESSFUL SEARCHES & FALSE LEADS

It reminds me of Dogma, but it's not.

Free font identifiers, both ones based on image recognition and character nuance differentiation, have failed me.

My attempts to research their history are limited.
- Apparently some of the Indian language fonts (maybe the ones I'm targeting, maybe not) were originally published as Red Hat's "Lohit" fonts. The few references I've seen to the Lohit latin characters say they are based on DejaVu Sans, which is related to Vera.
- HOWEVER, DejaVu and Vera have less-pronounced thick-to-thin relationships.
- DejaVu and Vera look more like the set of fonts with similar names to the one I'm wondering about, but with "Sangam" appended, and are Not suitable replacements.

SO...

Any ideas on whether or not there's a more common Latin-alphabet-oriented source typeface from which the Latin glyphs in these fonts have been derived?

I'd really appreciate the help.
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