Monthly Archives: October 2009

Badaga hospitality

Dr.Rajkumar Krishnan writes from UK

United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recently declared that “Badagas of Nilgiris hospitality is the best” and conferred on our community the “global” honour. Hospitality is ingrained in the Badaga community.

The people of Nilgiris thank UNESCO for honouring Badagas.

[from a letter from B. Bellukutty, The Nilgiris in the Hindu, issue dated, Jul 06, 2009]

The Badaga Hospitality is legendary. You walk into any Badaga Village as a total stranger, but you can be sure to be offered ‘Coffee/Tea’ by not one but many of the villagers.

Here is a ballad called ‘UNIGE MADA’ on the hospitality and love shown by Kinnakorai Joghee to a Kuruma called Mada from

Folktales of India

By Brenda E. F. Beck

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