The language has a great antiquity of not less than 2000 years, a rich legacy of
literature that is at least 1500 years old. There are references
in history that Kannada speakers had settled and dominated in the areas between the river basins of Godavari
in the north and Kaveri in the south. The language is very much advanced and is phonetic in
Badaga was considered as a sub language of Kannada earlier, but linguists claim that
it should be studied as a separate branch emerging out of the south Dravidian language group. The speakers
amount up to 250000 in number, primarily residing in scattered villages among the hilly regions of Nilgiris
or the Blue mountains where the eastern and western ghats converge in the southern peninsula of India. The
region is also known as Badaganadu (the land of
Badagas). The language has a lot of resemblance with Kannada and Kannada script was used in the earlier
times, now the literates primarily use Tamil or English scripts.
Folklores relate that Badagas had migrated from Badagahalli, a village near
Mysore and settled among the hilly regions of Nilgiris about 1000 years ago. Due to the lack of contact with
their erstwhile habitat, they developed a unique language form. The Badagas are primarily hunters and forest
gatherers, they also practice shifting agriculture.
For Kannada translation by native translator