Badaga is a Southern Dravidian language spoken by about 400,000
people in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, especially in the Nilgiri
Hills. It is closely related to Kannada.
Various ways have been devised to write Badaga using the Latin
and Kannada alphabets, and in 2009 a new alphabet based on Tamil
was invented 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
Type of writing system: abugida or alphasyllabary
Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines