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Kodava Folksongs in the Pattole Palame
Boverianda Nanjamma and Chinnappa Translate Their Grandfather’s Collection
In 1924, Nadikerianda Chinnappa published the Pattole Palame, a collection of Kodava folk songs which he had compiled. Nearly 80 years later in 2003, his grandchildren, Boverianda Nanjamma and Chinnappa, published their English translation of the songs. In this programme, they provide a context for the Kodava language with a description of Kodagu and the Kodavas. They speak about the Pattole Palame and its compiler, Nadikerianda Chinnappa, and discuss their work of translating the book into English and a forthcoming second edition. They also present four folk songs, extracts from the Pattole Palame, in the original Kodava language and in their English translation.
In collaboration with the Glass House Festival by ArtMantram.
Boverianda Nanjamma and Chinnappa
Chinnappa has a B.E., Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Madras University, and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University, USA. He has worked in India, Sweden, Germany and Canada in various positions including directorship and consultancy.
Nanjamma has a Master’s in Statistics from Madras University, and a postgraduate degree from the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. She was a visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, UK, and has a Doctorate from Mangalore University. She pursued her career in Statistics in various capacities in Kolkata, Chennai and Canada and was a Statistical Consultant in national and international agencies.
After retirement, the couple dedicated themselves to the preservation of the culture of the Kodavas. Their English translation of the Pattole Palame, written by Nadikerianda Chinnappa (1924), was published by Rupa & Co., in 2003. The second edition of the book, to be published by Mangalore University, is forthcoming.
Ainmanes of Kodagu, their study of the ainmanes (ancestral homes) in Kodagu, was published by Niyogi Books in 2014. They are currently working on a website www.ainmanes.com that contains information and photographs of the nearly 800 ainmanes covered in their fieldwork.