Language is one of the most powerful tools of communication. It is truly a remarkable evolution of human genera. Type is the visual manifestation of language. It is a tangible link between reader and writer. It has potential to describe the human community or society individually. Amongst the large number of languages that have evolved over time, there exist even a larger and fascinating variety of typefaces that have been designed and developed. One may say that within these typefaces are embedded narratives reflecting community or society, culture, work and the evolution of that genre.
Amongst the various Indian scripts Bengali script too is seen to have evolved over more than a thousand years ago. It has evolved over the flow of time influenced by communal situation, cultural influence, vernacular movement, cross-cultural influence etc. Here an attempt has been made to examine the variety of Bengali letterforms, their style and variety, purpose of use as reflected in the living visual environment that we experience everyday. The study includes Bengali typeface as seen on signboards; as Wall art and as information graphics on public transport. Hopefully one may attempt to examine the manner in which these scripts have evolved reflecting the past and present of the script.