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 

bjaypee@gmail.com

My WEBLOGS

One of the complaints I hear from our friends visiting my websiteBadagas 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.

To overcome this drawback I have developed another set of websites with the pages from 'wordpress site' 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

"Badaga Songs on the web"

where you can listen to 'Badaga Music' without leaving the page and leave your comments as usual. The other websites associated are

Badaga Wedding in pictures

Badagas of the Blue Mountains

Badaga Songs on the WEB

Badaga Rare Photos

Badaga persons who made a difference

Badaga Jewellery

Badaga recipes.....

Badaga Funeral Rites

Badaga Songs

Hethay Amma History

Badaga Language

Badagas of the Blue Mountains

Badaga Villages

Awake India. Enough is enough

Tech it from me

from the heart

 

Also see  http://badaga.info 

for all about BADAGAS in a slightly different format

 


Sulogam suya Badaga Bashae

Eiyu hethapparu,aelingi hennu, aeval thoraiyana

ellakkannadi joikindi, jay thaige erasi makkeri emba

hiriya devara hegaluno hoththuthale malei seemai enda

ela malei seemega bappane kaadu kaadu aladu kaare medu bandu

kaala sandu kulindu erasi makkeri hittitu edadariga hogi

makkeria madimaadi, marasi thirigi bandu kaarai  mera meda nodu

vane eezhuthalai nagappa erasi makkeriyoge hibbane, kartha ranga

thorida endu kaiethi saranamaadi marasi thirigi bandu sole

sole suthi neela malae ga hathi kaarai morava edirunodi

 kalla sele nattu neelagiri rangasamy endu nile naatida

vakkara nenjunoge nenethu barivo.

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A new page ‘BADAGA WEDDING’ with lots of photos added
 

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Another “LOUD” Thought !! added
 
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 
 
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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/

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A  page  on ‘Dr. M.Halayya’ added

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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 !

MeleKeri

HUTTY-BAPPANEY

Kappu Uttileyu

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 !!

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 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.

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Badaga Songs On The Web

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Page ” BADAGA BLESSINGS” added

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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!

 

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Page ‘BURNING ISSUES’ added

Goodalu

Page ‘Badaga Calendar’ added

Badaga flag

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Page ‘Badaga Day’ added

Karu Harachodhu

 

http://badaga.wordpress.com/funeral-rites/ added

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 –>–>–>–>–>–>

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This website is dedicated to the memory of the Great Badaga Leader

Rao Bahadur H B Ari Gowder

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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.

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The postcard Ari Gowder received at Godollo, Hungary as Leader of Indian Contingent


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Rao Bahadurs HB Ari Gowder & his Father HJ Bellie Gowder (of Hubbathalai Hatti)

More on other Great Badagas with pictures….see here

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 other website 

Badaga Language and Badaga Funeral Rites

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GREAT BADAGAS

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.

Click here to know more about Rao Bahadur Bellie Gowda

  Click on the following links to know more about 

 Origin of Badagas 

Badaga Hattis & the SEEME they belong to 

History of HETHAI AMMA  

Badaga food habbits, recipes etc

Names of birds, animals, insects etc & human anatomy in Badaga

Rare Photos

Badaga Language

 Hethe Habba 

Badaga Jewellery 

contact me at : bjaypee@gmail.com