Badagas of the Blue Mountains
Badagas of the Blue Mountains
The unique community of the Nilgiris in Southern India...their origin, language, culture and customs !!
Dedicated to the memory of the Great Badaga Leader Rao Bahadur H B Ari Gowder
Website of Wing commander Bellie Jayaprakash
One of the complaints I hear from our friends visiting my website www.badaga.co - Badagas of the Blue Mountains is that it takes a long time to fully display all the contents. This is because, there are many multimedia posts like songs, pictures, animations etc.
BTW, this website has more than 740,000 VISITS AS ON DATE 27-12-2020 (320,000 visits till [06-06 -2014]).
To overcome this drawback I have developed another set of websites with the pages from 'www.badaga.co' being individual websites that can load faster.
As a start, the most popular page ' BADAGA SONGS ON THE WEB' is made into a separate website. So Please visit
where you can listen to 'Badaga Music' without leaving the page and leave your comments as usual. The other websites associated are
We too can have a DREAM
A few months back I had the pleasure of going, for the first time, to ‘GAIKANDY’ village, near Edakkadu. I was surprised to learn that this hatti is comparatively a new one built in the 1950s.
Ever since, I have been ‘dreaming’ of a new but ideal BADAGA HATTI built exclusively BY US & FOR US.
A ‘HATTI’ that would be the proud ‘HOME’ for Badagas spread all over the world.
The Badagas whose hearts are always longing to have some connection with their ROOTS.
Read the complete DREAM here
Badaga people have been found to be not only interesting but highly unique, prompting many scholars to do ‘RESEARCH’ on them. One such Ph.D dissertation [by C Martin L] is given here http://badaga.wordpress.com/research-on-badaga-badugu/
Do you want to listen to some GREAT Badaga Dance Songs by PRIYARAGAVA as you browse these pages ?
Click on the LINKS below and ENJOY !
Badaga Folklore has many facets. One of the endearing is the adoption of the folk songs to suit the situation. Listen to this FAB song called “ONDHU ONDHU AVARE” where the only musical background is the snapping of fingers [CHITTAKKU HAAKKODHU] and enjoy !!
Page “Badaga Songs on the WEB” added
One of the very happy ‘happening’ things is that many young badagas have some fantastic badaga songs streaming out of their weblogs. One of them is hosted by an young software engineer PRADEEP [based at Bangalore]. The songs in WMA (that can be played by Windows Media Player) extension are very clear and of very good sound quality.
The songs about HETHAI are a sheer pleasure to listen.
Page ” BADAGA BLESSINGS” added
You can also see ‘RARE PHOTOS’ at http://www.freewebs.com/badaga/
Please visit that site…and yes ..wait for a few seconds, to listen to a beautiful Badaga Dance number that plays automatically!
The unique BADAGA community of the Nilgiris in Southern India…their origin, language, culture and customs !!
Website of Wing commander Bellie Jayaprakash that is regularly updated
Do not forget to see the pages [links] shown on TOP ^^^^ or on the right like Hattis, Hethai, Rare photos, Recipes etc >>>> for more of BADAGA –>–>–>–>–>–>
This website is dedicated to the memory of the Great Badaga Leader
Rao Bahadur H B Ari Gowder
Click http://badaga.community.googlepages.com/raobahadurhjbelliegowderhere for more information on Rao Bahadur H.J.Bellie Gowder who was contracted by the British (Raj) to lay the Mettupalayam - Ooty ‘Nilgiri Mountain Railway ‘ (now World Heritage) more than a hundred years back.And, his son Rao Bahadur H.B.Ari Gowder, the first Badaga graduate, first Badaga M.L.C & M.L.A for a long time who had brought many reforms in/to Badaga Community including ‘prohibition’ (no alcohol - kudi) to Nilgiris in British days itself. Ari Gowder lead the Indian contigent (yes, “INDIAN CONTIGENT) to World Scouts Jumboree held in Europe in the 1930s.
The postcard Ari Gowder received at Godollo, Hungary as Leader of Indian Contingent
Rao Bahadurs HB Ari Gowder & his Father HJ Bellie Gowder (of Hubbathalai Hatti)
More on other Great Badagas with pictures….see here
Rao Bahadur H.B.Ari Gowder, the first Badaga graduate and the first Badaga M.L.C & M.L.A for a long time who had brought many reforms in/to Badaga Community including ‘prohibition’ (no alcohol - kudi) to Nilgiris in British days itself. Ari Gowder lead the Indian contigent (yes, “INDIAN CONTIGENT) to World Scouts Jumboree held in Europe in the 1930s.
Being a great philanthrophist he had done a lot for the betterment of Badagas. He established Nilgiri Co-Op Marketting Society at Ooty, to save the small farmers-especially Badagas- from the exploits of middlemen & traders at Mandis in Mettupalayam.
He was the President of NCMS for more than 30 years, till his death and NCMS was considered one of the best co-op societies in India during his days. His statue has been erected in the NCMS compound in appreciation of his great work. Since he donated the land, the road in front of Mambalam Railway Station in Chennai (Madras) is named after him (known as Arya Gowder Street).
Both were held in great esteem and considered as the ‘ Uncrowned King ‘ of Nakku Betta by Badagas.
A POSTAGE STAMP IS LIKELY TO BE RELEASED IN HIS HONOUR !
Click on the links below for more information on these Great Badagas - including many rare photographs !!
clickherehttp://badaga.community.googlepages.com/raobahadurhbarigowderClick here to know more about Rao Bahadur Ari Gowder
Click on the link below for more information on Rao Bahadur H B Ari Gowder's illustrious father, Rao Bahadur H.J.Bellie Gowder who was contracted by the British (Raj) to lay the Mettupalayam - Ooty ‘Nilgiri Mountain Railway ‘(now a World Heritage Railway)' more than a hundred years back.
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