Monthly Archives: February 2011

Want to listen to some nice Badaga songs as you browse….

1.Nadukattuna – A love song on a  cheerful note.Your heart will beat faster listening to this love song..ah..ah

2.Moga Nodi – A sad but very melodious song of separated lovers

3.Neneppella – Another beautiful love song

(unfortunately, I do not know the names of the singers who deserve to be quoted. will somebody help please?)

4.Manessella – A beautiful song by Dr.Selvaraj that captures the ‘Badaga’ life now in the blue mountains


A tiny Badaga hamlet where everyone is a…

A tiny Badaga hamlet where everyone is a non-smoker

Shantha Thiagarajan, TNN, Feb 20, 2011( from THE TIMES OF INDIA)

UDHAGAMANDALAM: A blue mist wraps Melur, a Badaga village near Ooty, but the villagers don’t light up beedis or cigarettes to warm themselves in the cool dawn. For Melur, about 20 km from Ooty in the Nilgiris, has imposed and enforced a complete ban on smoking and chewing tobacco.
At the two entry points to the village, a signboard declares: Smoking is prohibited within the village’. The 600 men in this village of 1,000 people don’t smoke or chew tobacco inside the village. Not one of the seven village shops sells cigarettes or beedis.

“After we imposed the ban, 80% of the villagers have quit smoking. The rest leave the village if they want to smoke,” said village panchayat president MK Krishnan. “We imposed the ban a couple of years ago,” he says, adding that he is not sure of the exact date or year.

There is no penalty for violating the ban, “Till now, nobody has violated it. We just tell people about our ban and they respect it. Since we are all living in the same community and respect one another, there is no need for a penalty,” says Krishnan.

B Shivaraj, a farmer, says they noticed that young people were smoking even in front of their elders. “They had been influenced by TV and movies. Our Badaga way of living has always placed emphasis on values and respect for elders. So we thought we should do something about it and imposed the ban,” he said. Melur is the head village’ of the 33 villages in the merkunadu semai’, There are four prominent ‘semais’ (societies) in the Badaga community in the Nilgiris. “We felt we should set an example for the others,” says another resident MK Ramakrishnan. Most of the villagers are small tea growers or government employees.

Even construction labourers who come to the village for work follow the non-smoking orders. “Till a few years ago, both young people and elders would laze around all day, smoking. The village committee or the mahasabai decided to change people’s attitudes,” says R Balamurugan, the village school teacher. S Janaki, another resident, said, “I’m happy that the men have stopped smoking. Many have started working. In future, I hope the rest also give up.”

Read the article here: A tiny hamlet where everyone is a non-smoker – The Times of India

This is simply superb and showing our unity. One thing I am seriously worried about nowadays, is the  divorce rate in our community, is just like fire. I am very seriously thinking how can we prevent this? Most of our people are educated and working and they are not respecting marriage and marry with other community people. This will  destroy our community. There are a lot of people to lead but nobody has taken care about this. Will you/anybody please think about this? – Bellie Kumar

What Bellie Kumar writes – needs our immediate attention. The high DIVORCE RATE has really reached alarming proportions. We need to do something about it . It is high time – Wg Cdr JP


More rare pics sent by Ravi Balraj

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All photos sent by Ravi Balraj

Group of Badagas

A Badaga funeral at Kalhatti

BadagaTemple near Kalhatti

Funeral - Kalhatti

Funeral - Kalhatti

Badaga women

Rare pix of Badagas sent by Ravi Balraj

I have mentioned many times that Ravi Chandran Balraj from Manjoor and now in Kuwait is a well wisher of this website and has always shared his thoughts and sent many rare Badaga  pictures. I am greatly indebted to this true and great Badaga for sharing these excellent pictures with us. Thank you a million times,  Ravi

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Badaga Cremation - picture sent by Ravi Balraj

Badaga Farm - picture sent by Ravi Balraj

Badaga Farmer - picture sent by Ravi Balraj

Kenda Habba (Fire Festival) - picture sent by Ravi Balraj

Badaga Funeral - picture sent by Ravi Balraj

Badaga Man - picture sent by Ravi Balraj

Badaga Priest - picture sent by Ravi Balraj

Badaga School Kateri (ketti) - picture sent by Ravi Balraj

Badaga Temple - picture sent by Ravi Balraj

Badaga Village - picture sent by Ravi Balraj

Badaga Village - picture sent by Ravi Balraj

Badaga Village - picture sent by Ravi Balraj

Ketti Temple and Badaga houses - picture sent by Ravi Balraj

Mahalinga (Badaga) Temple - picture sent by Ravi Balraj

Badaga Calendar

Sad but true: I am aware that a lot of our young Badaga  friends copy from my websites and from them many posts and pictures and reproduce them in their blogs or social networking sites as well as submit them for their Ph.D doctorate thesis. Though I have reservation to this ‘unauthorised and illegal’ reproduction, the least that can be done is to acknowledge the source and give credit to the original author. Most importantly – do not distort and give wrong information.

Recently, it has been brought to my notice that a person from Kotagiri has produced a Badaga Calendar 2011 [and now selling it at Rs.125 [and also during Hethay Habba] based on my imputs but has started the first month Koodalu on the [English month] Jan 4th. I do not know how he has chosen that particular date.

Badagas have their own calendar.

Like in any other calendar, there are 12 months and each Badaga month starts on the 10th of English Calendar month but for a few exceptions due to the fact that the month of Feb has 28/29 days [leap year].

I have attempted to make the Badaga Calendars for 2011, keeping in mind that a Badaga month normally starts on the 10th of an English month as far as possible and also to ensure that the number of days in a month is either 30 or 31 days.

Since Badagas consider ‘Sovara’ (Monday) as the most auspicious and ‘holy’ day, they have attached a lot of importance to that day. Generaly, no non-vegetarian food is taken on Mondays. This is also the weekly holiday and hence shown on top in red colour. No ‘Hola Gelcha’[field work] is usually done on ‘sovara’s.

The biggest festival of Badagas is day-specific and not date-specific. That is to say that this festival – HETHAY HABBA – always falls on a Monday [after twelve full moons and on the first Monday of the thirteenth fullmoon]. By the way,full Moon (‘Pournami’ in Tamil) is ‘HUNNAVE’ [pronounced similar to :- hunnu – wound, awai – mother] and New Moon is ‘MUTTU’ in Badaga.

I must put on record my great appreciation to Mr.Sivaprakash. B.Sc.,B.Ed (Dhavane Village) and ‘Naakku Betta’ magazine [1979 Goodalu issue] for their pioneering effort on this subject. Go to next page…