It is a simple message. Nanga – that means in Badaga – WE .
A noble and laudable movement started by Maniganda (from Kodumudi) and a bunch of volunteers with the object of bringing the Badaga community together.
And by making vegetable and provisions available to the community at an affordable prices and delivery at door steps,
And by luring away the youth and elders from the deadly drinks,
And eliminate the villagers from the scourge of Kandu Vatti (borrowing money from ruthless money lenders at exorbitant interest rates),
And to see the Bagada Dance in all its glory like in the golden olden days instead of the street dance it has degenerated into,
And to encourage Badaga songs rendered like Kerban bella Gowder and Thangadu L Krishna Gowder,
And, to see a community that is prosperous without poverty.
Noble, laudable and lofty.
Doable, insists Maniganda who had come to invite me for the function NANGA _ HABBA (Our Festival) at Nattakkal on 26 Dec 2017.
(Will post a detailed discussion I had with him soon)
After 46 years of the Great Badaga leader Hubbathalai Ari Gowder, have we found a selfless leader in Manigandan, who can bring the community together?