Badaga (படகா / ಬಡಗ)

Badaga is a Southern Dravidian language spoken in southern Indian, particularly in the Malappuram district of Kerala state, and in the Kunda hills in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu state. In 2011 there were about 134,000 speakers of Badaga, which is also known as Badag, Badagu, Baduga, Badugu or Vadagu. It is closely related to Kannada.

In the past Badaga was written with the Latin and Kannada alphabets. Since 2009, it has been written with the Tamil alphabet using a spelling system devised by Anandhan Raju, a native speaker of Badaga from Thangadu Oranaai who works as a teacher in Chamraj.

Recently Yogesh Raj Kadasoley has created a new script for Badaga and has published a book in it. There are also classes in various villages in the script.
(Information from Sumathi Halan, a member of the Badaga community)

Badaga (Badugu) alphabet

Notable features

Badaga alphabet

Tamil alphabet for Badaga

Tamil alphabet for Badaga

Download a script chart of the Badaga (Excel spreadsheet)

Sample videos in Bagada

Links

Information about the Badaga language and alphabet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badaga_language
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/bfq
http://www.skyknowledge.com/badaga.htm
http://badaga-script.blogspot.co.uk
http://badaga.wordpress.com/language/
http://badaga-language.blogspot.co.uk/

Bagada Language Promotion Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/badagalanguage

Dravidian languages

Badaga, Brahui, Dhundari, Gondi, Irula, Jatapu, Kannada, Kodava, Kolam, Konda, Koya, Kurukh, Malayalam, Malto, Mukha Dora, Ravula, Sankethi, Savara, Sunuwar, Suriyani Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Toda, Tulu, Yerukula

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas

Ahom, Aima, Badaga, Balinese, Balti-A, Balti-B, Batak, Baybayin (Tagalog), Bengali, Bhaiksuki, Bhujimol, Bilang-bilang, Bima, Blackfoot, Brahmi, Buhid, Burmese, Carrier, Chakma, Cham, Cree, Dehong Dai, Devanagari, Dham Lipi, Dhankari / Sirmauri, Ditema, Dives Akuru, Dogra, Ethiopic, Evēla Akuru, Fraser, Gond, Goykanadi, Grantha, Gujarati, Gunjala Gondi, Gupta, Gurmukhi, Hanifi, Hanuno'o, Ibalnan, Inuktitut, Jaunsari Takri, Javanese, Jenticha, Kaithi, Kadamba, Kamarupi, Kannada, Kawi, Kerinci, Kharosthi, Khema, Khe Phri, Khmer, Khojki, Khudabadi, Kirat Rai, Kōchi, Kulitan, Lampung, Lanna, Lao, Lepcha, Limbu, Lontara/Makasar, Lota Ende, Magar Akkha, Mahajani, Malayalam, Manpuri, Meroïtic, Masarm Gondi, Modi, Mon, Mongolian Horizontal Square Script, Multani, Nandinagari, Newa, Ojibwe, Odia, Pahawh Hmong, Pallava, Phags-pa, Purva Licchavi, Ranjana, Redjang, Sasak, Savara, Satera Jontal, Shan, Sharda, Siddham, Sinhala, Sorang Sompeng, Sourashtra, Soyombo, Sundanese, Syloti Nagri, Tagbanwa, Takri, Tamil, Tanchangya (Ka-Pat), Tani, Thaana, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tigalari, Tikamuli, Tocharian, Tolong Siki, Vatteluttu, Warang Citi


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