Dharmalingam Venugopal [NDC, Kotagiri] informs about the sad demise of Mr.Basavaraj
[26-02-2015]. Just heard the sad news that Basavaraj of Kalhutti, Kotagiri is no more. He was perhaps the last of the Badaga bards who sang for almost all of his 80 plus years. He had an impressive repertoire and could hold the crowd spell bound for hours, often throughout the night.
He was a original researcher of Badaga history and took much pains to put down his findings, thoughts and views on record. He was an authority on several Badaga matters and took active part in promoting and preserving Badaga tradition.
He was a great admirer of Rao Bhahadur Bellie Gowder and Ari Gowder and never missed an opportunity to spread their fame and contributions.
He was related and very close to my father A.Dharmalingam often entertaining him with his moving Badaga songs.
He was featured nicely in the video on Sullivan Memorial.
While Basava is no more, the memories of his music and his eyes loaded with mischief would remain cherished in our hearts.
May his soul rest in peace.
We join Venugopal in paying our respectful homage to Basava Gowder on behalf Badaga Community as well as on behalf of Rao Bahadur Bellie Gowder, Rao Bahadur Ari Gowder and Mr. H.A.Bhojraj family. – Wg Cdr JP