Bangla (over 230 million speakers) is the official language of Bangladesh and the Indian states of West Bengal and Tripura. Assamese (over 15 million speakers) is the official language of the Indian state of Assam. Emerging in the 14th century CE from the ancient Siddhamātrk̥ā script, it is related to the Odia script. Similar to Devanagari, it features a horizontal top line that characters hang from. This script is also widely used across East and Northeast India as well as Bangladesh to write various minority languages, including Bodo, Kokborok, Karbi and Sylheti. As a result, one can encounter modified characters particular to one written tradition but that are obscure elsewhere. The work of Rabrindranath Tagore, the world-famous Bangla-language poet and Nobel laureate, was originally written in the Bangla script.