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Bugiri, probably, is the only original Badaga musical instrument that is considered very sacred by Badagas. It is extensively used during Hethai Habba. Whenever the ‘Hethai Mane’ group visits any badaga village , just before the invocation of Hethai (DEV AADODHU) this instrument is played by the specialists. It produces a very snoothing music, and when Hethai songs are played, it can produce an electrifying effect.

IR Loganathan, Ithalar had written in the Silver Jubilee Souvenir 1993 of Badaga Welfare Association, Madras] thus:

Bugiri is one of the musical instruments of our ancestors. This looks like a long flute. There are a couple of small side branches at the knots of this bamboo instrument. There are six holes in this. It is learnt that this instrument was kept in all the Badaga houses in earlier days. It is also said that all the elders had the capacity to play this instrument in those days. This was played near the patients/suffering so as to make them go off to sleep forgetting their pain. During funerals, the relatives of the deceased played this to vent their sorrow.

It is difficult to exactly say the type of music/sound the bugiri produced. Still, it may be like the sound of a big fire, or the sound produced when things are rubbed systematically, or like the sound of a spinning top or like that of a constant ’sangu’ being blown. There are high and low notes produced by this instrument which can kindle deep feelings as well as to make one get thoroughly engrossed.

Food for thought : Is BUGURI the only Badaga original musical instrument ? [I consider Harmonium, Thambutte (drums) & Jalra (cymbals) to be later additions]

see http://badaga.wordpress.com/badaga-dance/ for photo article

Wg Cdr JP -
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