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A great and grand function held on 31 Oct 2021

A great and grand function on 31 Oct 2021

On behalf of Nakkubetta Foundation

A grand function was held at Providence College, Coonoor on 31 Oct 2021 (Sunday)

1. Prize distribution to winners of Rao Bahadur Ari Gowder’s 50th Death Anniversary, Badugu Kadhe Gamalu (Song Competition),

2. Inauguration of Nakkubetta Radio,

3. Ist Anniversary of NANGAVA NANGA ARAVO

It was a well organised function with most of the winners of Badaga Kadhe Gamalu (Badaga Song competition being given the prices in person. With Kausi (Kausalaya), the anchor of “Nangava Nanaga Aravo” who had hosted the programme continuously for the past one year, was the MC and she has a natural talent to keep the audience in rapt attention. It was nice to see so many girls in traditional Badaga dress of THUNDU, MUNDU & PATTU.

Nakku Betta Foundation and Nakkubetta TV founder Ramakrishna honoured the chief guests Ex-Nakku Betta Gowda Thuneri Iyyaru, Ex-Wing Commander Bellie Jayaprakash, Ex-ISRO scientist Bhojaraj, Ex-IAS officer Sundara Deva and Great Singer Solur G Rama with traditional Badaga Seeley (shawl) and Mandarey (turban) with a momento.

One person who was solely missed at the foundation was the great Badaga Singer Shanthi Desingh, one of the chief judges along with Solur Rama, as she is based in USA.

Many others were presented momentoes on behalf of Nakku Betta Foundation. The well recognised Artist and Painter Gokul Gowder presented his digitally done painting to all the winners.

The man with the golden voice Thuneri Muruga, along with Pudugamandu hatti youngster at the tabla kept the audience enthralled with his songs.

WE take this opportunity to put on record our great appreciation and greetings to Naduhatti Ramakrishna, the founder of Nakkubetta TV and Nakkubetta Foundation, (along with his tech and digital savy team of youngsters). He has single handedly taken great initiatives to bring the Badagas together and to high light the much appreciated cultural and other traditions of the indigenous community. To preserve the arts, especially old songs , the Nakkubetta TV has left no stone unturned.

The programme “ Let us know ourselves (Nangava Nanga Aravo) ” has been an eye opener to both young and old.


You make us PROUD, Indrani Radhakrishna !

You make us PROUD, Indrani Radhakrishna

There are some Badaga women who have achieved international name and fame with their contribution in many fields. Indrani Radhakrishna is one such exceptional women who has shown her caliber in more than one field. Born in Yedapalli hatti and married to Naduhatti, she has been an inspiration and a motivation for many youngsters.

Her father Y K Bellie was an award winning postmaster and a well known social activist. He scored distinction in all subjects. He is Indrani’s role model. Back in her 5th standard, he encouraged her reading habits and in 8th std itself, he motivated her to write poetry and aricles. She proudly claims that “I am what I am because of my father”. Her mother Mathiammal (Maadhi) was the first girl student to finish 10th Standard schooling in those days. Another person who loved Indrani and motivated her a lot was Mrs.Akkama Devi, the first Badaga woman graduate and Member of Parliament from the Nilgiris.

Indrani Radhakrishnan is an international award winner in peace and development, besides other awards. She is a lawyer and also has experiences in many fields like teaching, training, softskills, medical transcription, business transcription, call centre, travel and tourism lecturer in Providence College for Women, besides being a writer of articles and poetry, speaker, at various Rotary, other meetings and conference at Sri Lanka . She has also been chief guest at many events and fashion shows. However, her foremost passion is history, heritage and culture.

Her researched articles of historical events of The Nilgiris are very popular. For her contributions on the military establishments in the district like the Madras Regimental Centre and Defence Services Staff College, both in Wellington, she has been personally honoured. She is very active on the FaceBook.

She is busy writing a book and we have no doubt that it is going to a best seller.

With husband and son

Indrani Radhakrishna, you make us very proud !

Ari Gowder Bridge

There is small but beautiful bridge, called ARI GOWDER BRIDGE, connecting Tamilnadu and Karnataka States at Kakkanallah, Gudalur taluk in the Nilgiris District. This was built in 1936 when Rao Bahadur HB Ari Gowder was the District Board Chairman.

Ari Gowder

For many years it was not painted and looked bad. We had taken it up with Collector and NCMS for repainting.

Now the Karnataka Badaga Gowda Association, Bangalore has taken the initiative to get a paint the bridge and give it a green and great look through their EC members Mrs.Anitha & Mr.Gokul IFS.

We thank Mr.Saravanan, the President and all members of KBGA.

Hello Girls, are you looking for a ‘break’?

Dr.Rajammal, the Badaga “Lady with the Magic Lamp” informs that there is a wonderful opening opening at TATA company.

She can help you reach there. Contact her at +91 9841357720

The ever helpful lady, Dr.Rajammal, whose two eyes are Education & Service, can be reached

at +91 9841357720

Proud of you, Badaga Women

Like any society or community in our country, women are not given the equal importance. Badagas are no exception. But of late, it is heartening to note that in their own way there are many Badaga women who are doing a great service in many fields.

The greatest Badaga leader Ari Gowder always felt that women empowerment through education is very important. He believed that girls/daughters should be given equal share in property. And he ensured that by dividing his vast property by giving equal share to his daughter in law and two grand daughters along with the grandson. This he did it seventy years back in 1950s.

The initiative of starting a Facebook group known as Badaga Mandha Women is doing a great service by discussing many issues. In one of the recent discussion on NGO Management , Anuja Jaishree Arun conducted an excellent Zoom session with the ever inspirational Dr. Rajamma about whom I have written a lot in our website which is touching almost 800,000 hits. A big thank you for all the visitors for keeping me motivated.

It is with much happiness and pride that we give the youtube link here.


The beautiful Badaga Bashe(Language)

Let us learn Badaga/Badagu/Badugu

” Ollenge iddiya ? – How are you ?”

‘Suddi saddha ella olliththa ? – (Roughly) ‘ How is everything ? ‘

1. Are you a Badaga ? – Nee ondu Badagana?

2. Yes, I am a Badaga – Ha, Na ondu Badaga

3. What is your name ? – Ninna hesaru aena ?

4. My name is Bhoja – Enna hesaru Bhoja

5. Which is your village ? – Ninna Hatti edhu ?

[5a. Amme / Thamma, nee ai hatti ? – Girl/ Boy, which is your village?]

6. My village is Bearhatti – Enna Hatti bandu Bearhatti

7. Whose son/daughter are you ? – Nee dara maathi / hennu ?

8. I am Mela thara (top street) Joghi Gowder’s son / daughter – Na Mela thara Joghi gowdaru maathi / hennu


Numbers in Badugu /Badaga

1. Ondu (One) 2. Eradu (Two) 

3. Mooru (Three) 4. Naakku (Four) 

5. Iidu (Five) 6. Aaru (Six) 

7. eizhu (Seven) 8. Eattu (Eight) 

9. Ombathu ( Nine)  10. Hathu (Ten) )

11. Hannondu (Eleven) 12. Hanneradu (Twelve)

13. Hadimooru (Thirteen) 14. Hadanaakku (Fourteen)

15. Hadanaidu (Fifteen) 16. Hadanaaru (Sixteen)

17. Hadarizhu (Seventeen)  18. Hadarettu (Eighteen)

19. Hathombathu (Nineteen)  20. Eipathu (Twenty

30. Moovathu (Thirty) 40. Nalavathu (Forty)

50. Iivathu (Fifty) 60. Aravathu (Sixty)

70. Elavathu (Seventy) 80. Embathu ( Eighty)

90. Thombathu (Ninrty) 100. Nooru (Hundred)


  Numeral Badaga 
  0 Zero சூன்ய (Soonya)
  1 One ஒந்து (Ondu)
  2 Two எரடு (Eradu)
  3 Three மூறு (Mooru)
  4 Four நாக்கு (Naaakkuu)
  5 Five ஐது (aidhu)
  6 Six ஆறு (aaru))
  7 Seven இழ்ழு (ézhu)
  8 Eight எட்டு (ettu)
  9 Nine ஒம்பத்து (Ompathu)

Days In Badugu/Badaga

1. Aadivaara (Sunday) – ஆதிவார

2. Sovaara (Monday) – சோவார

3. Mangavaara ( Tuesday) – மங்கவார

4. Bodavaara (Wednesday) – போதவார

5. Chikkavaara (Thursday) – சிக்கவார

6. Bellie (Friday) – பெள்ளி

7. Sani (Saturday) – சனி

(Indhu Eana Jena – what is today ? : Indhu Sovara – Today is Monday.

See the difference , when the day is mentioned VAARA is included but when a day is referred, it is just mentioned as JENA)

Months In Badugu/Badaga

It is said that Badaga month starts on every 10th of the English month. Like for example Koodalu month starts on 10th January.

1. Koodalu (Jan)

2. Aalaani (Feb)

3. Nallaani (Mar)

4. Aani ( Apr)

5. Aadire (May)

6. Aadi (Peraadi) (Jun)

7. Aavaani (Jul)

8. Perattadi (Aug)

9. Dodda Deevige (Sep)

10. Kiru Deevige (Oct)

11. Thai (Nov)

12. Hemmaatti (Dec)

Pleasantly surprised to hear all the Badaga Months being mentioned in this song called ‘Kappu Huttileyu’- a great dance number.

The lyrics of the song go like this :-


Kappu huttileyu neppuna sundari, Oppi hegileyu dhirachiya mundari
Kappu huttile naa hathuna notta dha, Keppu na huttile ondhuna notta tha

Thatti beetha sileyu nee edhega, Kottu beetha hennu naa edhaga
Muthu muthu mookathiga sokki hodhane, netti niddane
Sothu pathu neetha endhu kaathundhu endhe dha, matha hegu dha, madhuvaya matha hegudha,

KOODALU thinguvana koodile singarene , AALAANI thinguvatha aa aagi varasha mamma ,
NALLANI go kollaandhu hega beda, AANI huttidha mele badhila hegine baa mamma ,

AADHIRE jena nodi bae thumbi maathaadu, AADI mudidha mele ododi bannane mamma,
AAVANI thinguvadhoge dhaavani singarava , Arattu perattu aara PERATTASI thinguvadha,

DODDA DIVIGEYA dodda kiru edhega , KIRU DIVIGEYA siri devi aagi banne ,
THAI mae thalaiga thatti kai yoda aatta paatta, HEMMATTI ebbaneyu aemaathithindhu hoga beda ,

Thatti beetha sileyu nee edhaga , Kottu beetha hennu naa edhega

கப்பு ஹுட்டிலெயு நெப்புன சுந்தரி, ஓப்பி ஹெகிலெயு திரசிய முந்தரி
கப்பு ஹுட்டிலே நா ஹத்துன நோட்ட த, கெப்பு ந ஹுட்டிலே ஒந்துன நோட்ட த

தட்டி பீத்த செலெயு நீ எதெக, கொட்டு பீத்த ஹெண்ணு நா எதக
முத்து முத்து மூக்கத்திக சொக்கி ஹொதனே,நெட்டி நித்தனெ
ஸொத்து பத்து நீத்த எந்து காத்துண்டு இந்தெ த, மாத்த ஹேகு த, மதுவய மத்த ஹெகுத,

கூடலு திங்குவன கூடிலே சிங்காரெனெ, ஆலாணி திங்குவத ஆ ஆகி வரஷ மம்ம,
நல்லானி கொ கொள்ளாந்து ஹேக பேட, ஆணீ ஹுட்டித மேலே பதில ஹெகினே பா மம்ம,

ஆதிரே ஜென நோடி பே தும்பி மாத்தாடு , ஆடி முடித மேலே ஓடோடி பன்னனே மம்ம,
ஆவாணி திங்குவதொகே தாவணி சிங்கரவ, அரட்டு பெரட்டு ஆர பெரட்டாதி திங்குவத,

தொட்ட தீவிகியொ தொட்ட கிரு எதெக, கிரு தீவிகியொ சிரி தேவி ஆகி பன்னே,
தை மே தலைக தட்டி கை யோட ஆட்ட பாட்ட, எம்மாட்டி எப்பனேயு ஏமாத்திதிண்டு ஹோக பேட,

தட்டி பீத்த சிலெயு நீ எதக , கொட்டு பீத்த ஹெண்ணு நா எதெக


For Badaga songs go here



Peculiarities of Badaga

Haalu [haa – as in hospital and lu – as in Zulu] means milk

Hallu [ ha- as hurt and llu – as in loo] means tooth [teeth]. note – there is no plural term.

Haasu – spread [the bedding], Haasike – bedding

Hasu – hunger

Maana – Pride, Mana – heart

Kaanu – see, Kannu – eye[s] (example – Doctor-a Kaanu, kanna pathi hegina – See the Doctor, he will tell about the eyes]


Peculiar Words

There are some words in Badaga that are truly peculiar. for example :

1. GIJI GIJI ( as in Give & Jinx) – Confusion , mess up / disorderly

GIJI GIJI maada beda – Don’t create confusion

Room ekka ethe GIJI GIJI (ya) hadadhe ? – Why is this room in such a mess?

MURUKKU(LU) (Mu ru ku) – Foul mood / mild anger

Amme Ekka maathaduvadu elle ? – Why is sister not talking ?

Ava murukkindu endhave – She is in a foul mood

3. BADAYI (Ba daa ee ) – Show Off (proud)

Appara badayi maadiya – She shows off a lot

Also see Badaga Language here

Birds (Hakkilu)

  1. Haddu (Eagle)
  2. Kakke (Crow)
  3. Soray (Dove)
  4. Kili (Parrot)
  5. Emme Hakkilu
  6. Bikkola
  7. Karia(n)chitta (Black bird)
  8. Gubbachi (Sparrow)
  9. Mayilu (Peacock)
  10. Koi (Poultry hen/cock)
  11. Kaadu Koi (Wild hen)
  12. Baathu(koi) – Duck

Mari (chic) –{Koi Mari – chic(ken)}

Also for calf [ for eg) Nei mari – puppy dog]


Aanay (Elephant)

  1. Kaade -Kaadu Emme – (Bison)
  2. Ottaga (Camel)
  3. Kudire (Horse)
  4. Kaththe (Donkey)
  5. Dana (Cow)
  6. Emme (Buffalo)
  7. Yethu (Bull)
  8. Karu (Calf)
  9. Huli (Tiger)
  10. Singa (Lion)
  11. Siruthe (Panther)
  12. Karadi (Bear)
  13. Maanu (Deer)
  14. Pulli Maanu (Spotted Dear)
  15. Kadamay (Sambar)
  16. Handi (Black Pig)
  17. Kaadandi – kaadu handi – (Wild Pig)
  18. Mullandi – Mullu Handi – (Porcupine)
  19. Seeme Handi (White Pig)
  20. Koda, Korangu (Monkey)
  21. Mola (Rabbit)
  22. Nari (Fox)
  23. Nei (Dog)
  24. Koththi (Cat)
  25. Eli (Rat)
  26. Aame (Turtle)
  27. Nalli (Crab)
  28. Halli (
  29. Haavu (Snake)
  30. Kappe (Frog)
  31. Meenu (Fish)


  1. Hoo (general for insect)
  2. Nona (Fly)
  3. Selandhi (Spider)
  4. Kunni (Bee)
  5. Eruppu (Ant)
  6. Kosu (Mosquito)
  7. Bendu (Moth/Butterfly)


  1. Mande (Head) – also refers to Hair though there is specific word – Orama
  2. Heddakku (Back of the skull) – usually Badagas have a long heddakku as they donot use cradles. The reason for not using cradles for babies is a story by itself. It is due to the fact that when they left Mysore to escape from the King (Thipu Sultan ?) in the night in a hurry, they had forgotten the baby which was sleeping in the cradle, each thinking that the other person would pick up the child.
  3. Moole (Brain மூளை)
  4. Nethi (Forehead)
  5. Kenni (Cheeks)
  6. Kannu [eye(s)]
  7. Kivi (Ear)
  8. Mookku (Nose)
  9. Bae (Mouth)
  10. Thudi (lip)
  11. Hallu (Teeth)
  12. Naalenge (Tongue)
  13. Dhaade ( Chin)
  14. Thonde (Throat)
  15. Gaththu (Neck)
  16. Maaru – Nenju – (chest)
  17. Mole (Breast மொலெ)
  18. Hiththalu – Bennu – (Shoulder)
  19. Kai (Hands)
  20. Angai (Palm)
  21. Mutti (Elbow – also for knee)
  22. Beralu (Fingers)
  23. Hebbatte – Katte (beralu) – [Thumb]
  24. Ugilu (Nails)
  25. Hotte (Stomach)
  26. Mollu Kudi (Naval)
  27. Nadu – Kattu (Hip)
  28. Pitti (Buttocks)
  29. Thode (Thigh)
  30. Monakkaalu (Knee)
  31. Kaalu (Leg)
  32. Midi (Heel)
  33. Angalu ( sole Foot)

Came across the following Limerick in

Badaga by Graham Lester

In the hills out in Tamil Nadu
There are so many fun things to do,
Like Badaga Scrabble,
But don’t let the rabble
Make a Kannada goose out of you.

Badaga is the language of a tribal group of the same name that inhabits the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu in southern India. It is a dialect of Kannada. (Badaga is an unique and independent Language -JP )