Dharmalingam Venugopal is a man of many talents. His knowledge on the history of the Nilgiris is phenomenal. His campaigns on ‘Save the Nilgiris’ are well known and brought in rich dividends. He is also involved in saving the rich tribal culture of the blue mountains called the Nilgiris in South India. He is member of many organisations that are involved in the preservation of the mountains. Recently he participated in an UNO sponsored event in the USA.
As part of a well thought out strategy to preserve the cultural traditions of the hill tribes like Badagas, Thodas and Kothas, he had organised ‘The Music of the Mountains’ in 2006 and ‘Mountain Melodies’ in 2008 at Music Academy and British Council respectively at Chennai.
In a recent meeting at my place in Coonoor, Dharmalingam Venugopal shared many of his thoughts that were highly educative and greatly impressive. He was kind enough to share the videos taken on the above mentioned ‘musical events’ and has permitted them to be made public.
The following clip of Badaga Dance is just a small ‘trailer’ of the many more video clips that will follow :
Thank you Venu!