PERCEPTIONS 9 - coorg, the land of kodavas

Perceptions is Kamalan’s Newsletter that brings you a bi-monthly dose of India on a single theme. The India Travel Craftsman shares with you all that he loves.

A POEM

introduction to the pattole Palame

A collection of Kodava Folksongs compiled
in the early 1900s by Nadikerianda Chinnappa.
Pattola Palamé means ‘tales that are woven like silk’.

You who know – why do you need this?
You who do not wish to know – why do you need this?
You who are incapable of knowing – why do you need this?
You who want to know – do read this

A PORTRAIT

coorgy school girl

By Anne Charlotte Boutry

A PICTURE

Tracing the exotic kodavas

A PERFORMANCE

kodava valaga audio

 

A PATHWAY

getaway to coorg

Flanked by wildlife sanctuaries and a national park, Coorg resounds with the calls of over 350 species of birds, offering up majestic bird-watching tours, and is the birthplace of the gushing, life-giving Kaveri river. It boasts of its own language, Kodava Takk, and its own distinct culture within the larger Kannada paradigm. The region is popular for its huge coffee plantations.