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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:38 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I am not too sure about the exact word in Badaga for 'ballad' and hence given the general meaning as the topic.

There are quite a few ballads in Badaga narrating many stories that talk of the valour of heros [Kamarayya,Bala Sevana, Bela Madha, Beradha Bellie (- thank you kissnaa for reminding)], beauty of Badaga women [Giriji Madhi, Kolli Tippe], witchcraft of Kurumas [Unige Madha] etc.

I have heard these ballads narrated in a bautiful and melodious musical format by Kerban Bella Gowder and Kotagiri (Kurudu) Kada. Unfortunately both are dead now. Kada was blind but had an unique style of rendering these ballads and other badaga songs. Ofcourse, I can say without any hesitation that Bella Gowder's songs were a sheer bliss to listen. His was the most accomplished voice. His SAVU SONGS can make the most hardened hearts to shed tears. He could create songs on the spot - kadhe kattodhu

[A ballad is a narrative poem, usually set to music; thus, it often is a story told in a song. Any story form may be told as a ballad, such as historical accounts or fairy tales in verse form. It usually has foreshortened, alternating four-stress lines ("ballad meter") and simple repeating rhymes, often with a refrain. If it is based on a political or religious theme, a ballad may be a hymn (Wikipedia)]

The following information is found on the SPECIAL ISSUE of 1982 released by Kovai Badagar Sangam and I feel it deserves the attention of all of us who beleive in our traditions, though some of the lines - the last few ones- are a little difficult to understand.

Badaga Ballads all over the world

By Dr.K.K.Mathan M.Sc (Agri)., Ph.D in the special issue published by Kovai BADAGAR SANGAM in 1982

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We have heard about from where Badagas migrated, where they settled initially, what sort of dress they wore, the type of food they had and what type of houses they dwelled from many researchers. Badaga ballads and true epics are quite famous from these researchs. These ballads and epics have blended with our blood. Even a five year old would sing ‘HANAYA MANNU, SOLUR HENNU’ when asked.

A surprising information is that our ballads have been printed in book format nearly two hundred {now, 225years} ago ! we are proud to learn about that. A German has translated ‘HANAYA MANNU’ song into German language. The English version of the same written by H.B.GRIGG in 1880 appeared in the ‘MANUAL OF THE NILGIRIS DISTRICT IN THE MADRAS PRESIDENCY’ on pages 281-225.

I reproduce and dedicate the same for the information of all :

Once in the village of Hannia Mannu,
Near to the fortress of Koleya Kambe,
Lived there a youth named Bala Sevana,
Also, his brother, Bela-Madha.

Like were they to one another,
E’en as the spreading horns of a buffalo.
Nineteen men had Bela Madha,
Nineteen ploughed the land for Bala Sevana.

Once in the field of the gravel slope, they,
Met by the corner of the sacred seal stone;
First to Circar made they obeisance,
Then they made a salaam to the temple,
Folding their hands to the moon above them.

Deep in the earth they scooped a hollow,
Then they fetched an armful of hillus,
Played with a golden ball and with a
Bat silver the game of Hillatta.

Lo ! the daughter of Yerugatta,
The twice fallen Yerade – Bellie,
Took unto her eighteen maidens.

There stood she upon the green slope,
‘Neath the richly laden Khavilu;
There did she unbind her tresses,
Thick were they as the churn-stick, Mathu.

Meanwhile skillful Bala Sevana,
Caught the lillus of Bela Madha;
Madha caught not those of Sevana.

Then said Yeragatta’s daughter,
To twice fallen Yerada Bellie,
“Has not Bela in Temple”
In the grazing ground of Madha,
To the brim milked eighteen pailsful?
Then his loins with pure white kerchief
Girt he not and made the butter,
Made it with coir and churn of Pangni,
Allamaada was frame work?

Therefore Bela-Madha weary
Tho’ his have still their cunning
Widows sons are three times gifted.

But had skilful Bala Sevana
To the brim milked eighteen pailsful,
He forsooth had been too weary,
Poorly fed is Bala Sevana,
Drinking washings of the milk pails.

Art thou rich like Bela Madha?
Thus spake mocking Yerade Bellie.
Prone fell Bela ‘mid the rushes.

Bala Sevana too exhausted,
Fell among the Hubbe bushes.
See his face is dull and faded,
Which anon shone like the platter,
Fatal word of Yerade Bellie,
Word of dark and evil omens.

So the some time loving brothers,
Like were they to one another,
Even as the spreading horns of a buffalo
Part for aye from that same moments.

The ballad, which is very lengthy, goes on to relate the adventures of Bala Sevana, how he labored 12 years with his wife, became rich, performed heroic deeds and eventually was appointed the Chied Monegar of the Hills, receiving the seal of office from the cutcherry at Satiamangalam.

JP adds :By the way, What are hillus and hillatta ? Were Badagas playing a game like cricket long before the game was invented ?

visit http://badaga.info for more of and on BADAGA

Wg Cdr JP -
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Last edited by bjaypee on Sun Dec 16, 2007 7:57 pm; edited 4 times in total
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 9:13 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Gavadha BJP momma,

Congrates for your efforts in this new direction. I have heared the songs from "Kurudu Kada" directly when we are studying in P U School, Nedugula. I can remember the actions during his performance in our School. I am very happy to see his name in our website. Those who contribute to our community in any form should be remembered for ever. The songs about "BERADHA BELLIE" may also come under this catagory (I suppose??).

Once again my hearty wishes to extend your collections in this direction.

Bellie Sundaram Krishnamoorthy,
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:18 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Dear JP Anna,

Mesmerising Ballad!

Wrote a lengthy comment, but not published! It said "Invalid Session", so slammed my laptop, hardware got corrupted, paid a 'lil too much to fix it.

Wish to see many more from you. icon_smile.gif

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:52 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Great work!
Is the ballad available in Badaga? Would like to see how different our language was during those days, and whether I will be able to make head or tail out of it icon_smile.gif.
Are there any recordings of these ballads?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 2:40 pm Reply with quoteBack to top


L Krishnan from Thangadu is also known for his songs.

I think his songs are available at some shops in Ooty for sale.

Do u guys have any of L Krishnan's songs out there, kindly share it for all of us..

Hope that could be useful.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 9:59 pm Reply with quoteBack to top


I am rathesh bellieraj from thangadu village.I do have a huge collection of L.Krishnan songs.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:15 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Mr Rathesh,

Pl let us know how to collect from you. Can we have MP3 CDs or can you post it in cooltoad.com where some of the latest Badaga songs are posted.


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