Running Emacs 25 on Kubuntu 17.10.

I am able to enter text in devanagari script but it does not dispaly correctly in the editor.

For instance, the text entered as:

क का कि की कु कू के कै को कौ कं कः

shows as:

screenshot of devanagari text

As I M-x describe-character, the characters displayed correctly describe the correct character. The characters displayed incorrectly describe the base character क. Also, as I execute describe-character command, the right part of the display disappears and remains blank till I move the pointer across all characters. Then as the pointer moves across characters, the corresponding part appears on the right.

correctly described character

incorrectly described character

  • Very strange, part of the characters in the right side of screen? The text is correctly displayed for me (emacs 25.1.1). Have you checked with emacs -Q (I doubt it would change that, but...)
    – JeanPierre
    Commented Dec 7, 2017 at 12:59
  • What's reported by M-x describe-char with point at one of composed characters?
    – user12563
    Commented Dec 7, 2017 at 14:43
  • @DoMiNeLa10 I have updated the question with two more screenshots
    – deshmukh
    Commented Dec 7, 2017 at 14:50
  • Does the font used display those chars correctly outside Emacs? This sounds like poor support for those chars by the font you're using (just a guess).
    – Drew
    Commented Dec 7, 2017 at 15:34
  • @Drew I have the following line in ~/.emacs. `(custom-set-faces '(default ((t (:family "Noto Mono" :foundry "GOOG" :slant normal :weight normal :height 143 :width normal)))))
    – deshmukh
    Commented Dec 8, 2017 at 12:53

1 Answer 1


Most likely the font you are using probably does not display those characters well. (Does it work well when you use it outside Emacs?)

Try using a different font.

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