Badaga/Badagu/Badugu Script & Videos

I do believe that without script, no language can survive for long.

I have written about this extensively elsewhere in this website. Though attempts have been made to develop a script for Badaga/Badagu/Badugu, Yogesh Raju from Kadasolae has spent considerable time (nearly fifty years) and effort in developing a script that has caught the fascination of the community. Along with a dedicated band of friends like Nijanth, his script is slowly but surely finding acceptance. – Wg Cdr JP

Yogesh Raju

Given below is the script developed by Yogesh

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An introduction to Badagu/Badugu/Badaga alphabets

A series of videos uploaded in YOUTUBE by

Swadhandhra Badugu

Links for the other videos uploaded by Swadhandhra Badugu given below

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOZLJ1tplGojKEZkTWFbEPA

Abi, Maragallu, the voice in the videos

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Some of the achievements of Yogesh Raju (Kadasoley Hatti)

Bargar City, Odisha in Feb 2018, a rally on the occasion of International Mother Tongue Day. Yogesh represented Badugu language and taken along Nijanth.
Nijanth with Yogesh

In Feb 2019, Yogesh took three Badagas with him (at his own expenses) to Delhi to participate in a Dharna at Delhi, Parliament Street demanding inclusion of 40 minority languages in the 8th Schedule including Badugu, Kodagu, Kosali etc

Yogesh being honoured with Dr.Abdul Kalam Gold Medal by a research organisation GEPRA (GlobalEconomic Progress & Research Association) by the retired TN Human Rights Commission Judge at a function in Chennai in 2019.

Badugu Anthem

BADUGA ANTHEM

NEELA BETTU – BADUGU HARAKKE      

“ORAKKADHU VUBBAK KEYHUTTHOTH THALLI

OLLHANU BADUGUDHESH BEESALAT TUVADHUGA

ORAGIYEDH DHAVHAKKILU GOVHAVADHU KAETTHU

OREYA JATTHIGO MARUVORA GUVADHUGA

KARIYHAK KILUSAE DHOJEKOOT TUVADHUGA

HARIYHAL LAMITCHALU NIDHUKAEP PADHUGA

GAVABAA NHATCHEYHOTH THIBBANEE LABETTU

GALIKUI LHATCHEYHOTH THEDHENILI GIYIDHAVE;

GAVATHUM BIDHABADU GUDHESHGOO BADUGUGOO

MANATHUM BIDHANAN NAKAIMUGI GEHARCHU.”

– Badugu Magu

Badaga/Badugu Anthem by Yogesh Raju (Kadasolai)

(The meaning is given in both Badugu and English)

ORAKKADHU VUBBAK KEYHUTTHOTH THALLI
orakkadhu jaamadho huttuva hothuna bisalu ubbakkeyagi hattara;
In the morning when the sun rises in Neelbettu it is pleasantly warm; and in such warm morning…..

OLLHANU BADUGUDHESH BEESALAT TUVADHUGA
olliya sangeethavadha baashe aaduva badugaruna badugu dhesha ah ubbakke beesaludhoge urugattira;
the melodious BADUGU DHAESH takes bath with that warm sunlight- and in such a situation…

ORAGIYEDH DHAVHAKKILU GOVHAVADHU KAETTHU
athava ah jamadhoge oragiyedha hakkilugo haadhara;
the birds which getup from sleep chirps and make ‘musical’ sounds – and hearing this….

OREYA JATTHIGO MARUVORA GUVADHUGA
ah ubbakke bisaludhoge ah sangeethava kaethu oreya jathligo (havoo, osi,…..) marichiyu oragira.
(on hearing this music in warm sunlight)..the crawling and other small animals get into ‘sleep’ mode again- in such a surrounding.,…

KARIYHAK KILUSAE DHOJEKOOT TUVADHUGA
karihakkilu sedhu ah sangeethakoda oje koottidhange saddha maadi haadhara.
the KariHakkilu (a small black bird with longer tail, found in Neelagiri) gives a background supporting music (sings)– in this musical pleasant situation…..

HARIYHAL LAMITCHALU NIDHUKAEP PADHUGA
ithava pasundhadha jamano ee seeyavadha sangeethagova kaethu, haridhu hoppa halla kooda, thanna gelasava gaena buttu, ondhu mitchalu mitchuva jaama nidhu kaethuttu hora.
the ever flowing river/stream stops flowing FOR a lightening time/ fraction of a second (forgetting its work in this pleasent, warm & mesmerising situation) – in such situation….

GAVABAA NHATCHEYHOTH THIBBANEE LABETTU
ithe sundharvoo sangeethavoo(hanuvu) sogavu thumbi haduvadhu alladhe, baanu maakke gava thumbi kannuga kuilaappa hatcheyoo hothibba NEELABETTU (neelagiriyavoo alli ibba gava thumbidha badugaravoo kullira)
the NEELABETTU (this, apart from pointing the mighty region, also represents the Native Indigenous People), which /whome is/are filled with ”evergreen” ‘ sky-like-love’ (means infinite love which does not dry)…. (“Such” Neelabettu…)…..

GALIKUI LHATCHEYHOTH THEDHENILI GIYIDHAVE;
edhe niligi-edhe haduva maara nigisi nekkana nigidhu niddhu idhave.
STANDS tall with straightened chest (ie, with BOLDNESS) and covering herself with artful & cool evergreen(ery);

GAVATHUM BIDHABADU GUDHESHGOO BADUGUGOO
MANATHUM BIDHANAN NAKAIMUGI GEHARCHU
athava gava thumbidha badugu dhesagoo (illi badugu dhesa embadhu alli ibba jangovadha badugara kulli bappadhuga aathu) jaenu maakke rusiyadha badugu baashegoo enna manasu thumbidha kaimugigeya haegeendane; badugae, badugu dhevarae enna harchu.
To this “Love-filled BADUGU DHAESH” (Badugu dhaesh also represents its people) and to the lovely BADUGU LANGUAGE…..
I submit my “Heart-filled” prayers, with folded hands.., (please) BLESS me .

Also see the link – > https://www.facebook.com/groups/1746865352225487/

Yogesh Raj of Kadasolai, who has invented a script for Badugu/Badaga language, after nearly fifty years of hardwork, with lot of passion and a single minded dedication, has brought out an excellent book, ” Learn Badugu in 30 days ” (with English). In this book, he has also explained about how to learn and write in the Badaga Script he has invented.  Yogesh prefers to say Badugu rather than Badaga

Divided into six Parts, this book contains 162 pages.

Part I explains about the how to write Badugu alphabets, vowels, consonants etc

Part II deals with Words, Nouns, verbs etc and names of seasons, months, fruits, animals etc

Part III contains words related to offices etc and basic Grammar – Let us learn Grammar

Part IV deals with various day to day conversations in offices, market as well as Grammar -2.

Part V has more Grammar lessons and long sentences

Part VI is on letter writing (in Badugu)

The book also contains about 500 Badaga words with English equivalents, a sort of dictionary at the end.

This book meets the urgent and important need of a script for the Unique Badaga language.

Recently Yogesh had taken a delegation to celebrate International Mother (Tongue) Language Day with a demand to include about 40 languages  in the 8th Schedule of our Constitution. Many activists, spread across the country of many languages like BADAGA, Bhojpuri, Kosali, Rajasthani, Kodava, Magahi, Angika etc. The programme was organised by Campaign for Language Equality and Rights (CLEAR), a pan India Organisation representing language activists. 

 This book “Learn Badugu in 30 days” is available in some select book stores/shops in Ooty, Coonoor and Kotagiri. Price Rs.105. Pages 162.

Published by Bukka Malla Publications, Veerapandi, Coimbatore- 19

Contact : Yogesh R (yogeshr23@gmail.com – 8903471808)

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