Karnataka Badaga Gowdas Association is a non-profitable organization with a primary objective of bringing all the Badaga community people and their families living in & moving into Bangalore, the SiliconValley of India together and work tirelessly for their togetherness and prosperity.
Rooted very deep in the panoramic Nilgiris, the Badagas who are known for their unique culture, habits, living-style and exquisite Hospitality, move into the IT city with ambitions to start their career in the IT field in the IT city or to excel in other business arenas.
The long history of these people is studded with very high qualities of hospitality, unity, God-fearing and honesty.
BIRTH OF KARNATKA BADAGA GOWDAS ASSOCIATION (KBGA)
It was a pleasant evening in October 1979 when three young Badagas met across a Congress exhibition at Subhashnagara ground (Present Metro Bus Station at Majestic area) in Bangalore.They are Mr. R. Sakadevan (Kinnakorai), Dr. M. Raju (Bygamandu) and R. Murthy (Mulligoor) , the writer of this article. The first one had come there from Ulsoor in Bangalore city and the later two from Yelahanka area in Bangalore suburb not knowing each other's stay in Bangalore.
While sipping tea with papad at the exhibition area they were exchanging information about some more Badaga people living in and around Bangalore at that time. Suddenly, the conversation turned to forming of our Association in Bangalore for which all the three of them ecstatically agreed.
This group found Mr. C.M. Subramani (Oranally), who had experience in Coimbatore Badagas Association, as their leader for the purpose of forming the Association. Then all these members started searching and collecting the addresses of the Badagas living in and around Bangalore which were passed on to Mr. C.M. Subramani and R. Murthy.
This process was going on for around six months. They could collect around fifteen people's addresses by+ end May 1980. They also gained lot of confidence by that time. They thought that the time was ripe for calling the people, whom they met, for a meeting. They decided the time as 3.00 P.M. on Sunday in mid June 1980 and the venue as in front of the famous "Vidhana Soudha" in Bangalore. Accordingly they typed and sent some letters, with an appeal to the Badaga people around to assemble at the above-mentioned venue and time for the above purpose.
On that particular day Mr. C.M. Subramani, Mr. R. Sakadevan and R. Murthy were waiting at the above venue from 2.30 P.M and the other members of that group joined then at 3.00 P.M After some anxious moments fifteen people !! All were thrilled, and all looked at one another victoriously.
Noted among the participants were Mr. Y.B. Muthumani (Yedapalli), Mr. H. Bhojaraj (Kokkalada), Mr. N. Raju (Melur), Mr. J. Lakshman (Miliden), Mr. T. Shankaran (Oranalliy), Mr. Gandhi ( Ketti), Mr. Dharmaraj (Katteri), Mr. A. Chandran (Thangadu).
After the formal introduction we opened the topic of forming our Association in Bangalore. But, the eldest participant in that gathering, Mr. Y.B. Muthumani opined that we postponed it by around fifteen days, as that particular fortnight was not auspicious. Member agreed to that and fixed another date in July 1980. They met on the newly fixed date (i.e. after fifteen days) and The Badaga Association was born in Bangalore!!!
Naming the Association was the next topic. Many suggested the name to be Bangalore Badaga Association. Some other opined that it could be named as Karnataka Badagas Association as they expected other Badaga people residing at other parts of Karnataka also to become members.
It was yet again Mr. Y.B. Muthumani, who wished it to be named as Karnataka Badaga Gowdas Association (KBGA) which could enable us to get some help from the Government of Karnataka also. This proposal was finally accepted by all the members and the association was christened..
Karnataka Badaga Gowdas Association (KBGA) was born!!!
The Members were enrolled and the first batch of office bearers was nominated as follows:
1. Mr. Y.B. Muthumani, President
2. Mr. H. Bhojaraj, Vice President
3. Mr. C.M. Subramani, Secretary
4. Mr. R. Murthy, Joint Secretary
5. Mr. R. Sagadevan, Treasurer
The term of office was fixed as one year. It dwells in our hearts and minds as if it happened only last week. But more than twenty five years have gone by.....
Looking back, the journey of KBGA, in the past 25fruitful years, has been a very successful one studded with a long list of sociable events and services to our community. The founders of this renowned Association have got every reason to be proud and cheerful about its growth.
Doused with the pride of these achievements, it is highly imperative to have a clear vision about the future of this Association from which lot of contributions are expected by the Badaga people who live in and around Bangalore in particular and the Community back in The Nilgiris in general.
Setting up of an agenda for the next five years is the most important milestone to be crossed at this hour. Keeping the high expectations in mind and the ever growing influx of our Badaga people into Bangalore, let us pledge to pursue the following ambitions in the years to come.
- To have an exclusive building for the regular activities of the Association.
- To have more fruitful and frequent family get-togethers which will bring all the Badaga families together.
- To launch a comprehensive Web site with all the useful information like job opening and matrimony etc.
- To extend help for job seekers to get the correct guidance thru the web-site..
- To have a convention hall for functions, marriages and reception.
- To extend relevant help in case of hospitalization/deaths.
- To work towards bringing better service to our Badaga residents in Bangalore so that the services are felt and extended to our community people in Nilgiris directly or indirectly.
After a long journey of more than 25 years KBGA, today, is a very strong and powerful association of Badaga community people in Bangalore with membership strength of more than 200.
We have 17 STAR LIFE MEMBERS on role and all of them are well known personalities of our community. Their presence as STAR LIFE MEMBERS has provided the Association the great strength, which it has today.
The office-bearers and members of KBGA are reaching out to our community people, particularly the educated youngsters, by giving them proper guidance in seeking employment, residence etc in Bangalore. These types of services are carried out collectively and also individually by all the members.
As in many past events, the office-bearers and members rush to the spots where some untoward incidents like Hospitalization / Death cases take place, and render the best services possible as the situation demands, to the members or to their families. All the Death cases that took place in Bangalore so far, were attended by our members in full strength and instrumental in sharing the grief of the bereaved families and also helped the concerned people with arrangements required to carry the dead body to their respective villages in our native district.
The regular activities of the association, like executive committee Meetings, General Body Meetings, Picnics and get-togethers are planned and carried out with great enthusiasm by the office bearers, committee members and members.
The association is determined to have a building of it's own in Bangalore and lots of steps have already been taken in this account. A considerably big amount has already been collected for this purpose from members and well-wishers and the effort for meeting this objective is on full swing.
The encouragement received from the members and our well wishers for the above will definitely make it possible to have KBGA buildings much earlier than planned.
We are sure KBGA will grow leaps and bounds in future with invaluable services by its members and well wishers, and it will render noble services to our community people directly and indirectly