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Social, cultural, and religious institution for the Badaganadu people.
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And some more ..........we celebrated Diwali with a Diwali Mela...............
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Some selected photos from the Silver Jubilee Function held on April 20th, 2014 at our newly constructed Badaganadu Sabha Bhavana.
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and finally had a wonderful evening with music and dance......celebrating Children's Day and Karnataka Rajyotsava......... by a children's group from Bengaluru...........all BLIND children!!!!...........you have to see them to believe that they could do easily all that those blessed with vision could do..........their agility, synchronisation in group dances, etc......wow, what a show...............
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The Balaga has been organising social and cultural events over the last few months. After the Annual General Body Meeting in August we arranged a Dasara Dolls Arrangement Contest , in which more than 30 families competed - mostly non-members of the Balaga. Our judges visited the displays and graded them into large and small displays. Prizes for the best two and a consolation prize in each category were  awarded recently.Here are a few photos for you!
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A brief history of BADAGANADU BALAGA, Mysore & its future plans

It was in April 1989 that Badaganadu Balaga, Mysore was born, thanks to the efforts of a few Members of the well-known Badaganadu Sangha, Bangalore. Why they exactly decided to form this new organization, with almost the same objectives as the other body, instead of just opening a branch in Mysore, is still a mystery to many of us, who joined this organization in later years. Certainly there were some discussions prior to such development, but nothing exists in written form. May be, there was no provision to open branches in the constitution of the Bangalore organization at that point of time, may be the Mysore Members wanted more independence from the parent body than what was offered, may be this , may be that, etc. etc. are the several reasons offered. Whatever be the reasons, the fact is our Badaganadu Balaga took shape and the founding Fathers were:

Sri D.T.S.Rao                   Industrialist Mahaposhaka
Sri A.H.Gopal Rao     Retd. Asst. Commisssioner President
Sri H.S.Gopal Rao   Executive Engineer Vice-President
Sri N.Shivaram   Superintending Engineer Vice-President
Sri C.N.Krishnaswamy Rao Retd. Asst. Commissioner of Commercial Tax Treasurer
Sri G.Vasudeva Rao Retd. Engineering Consultant Secretary

As of now, when we are celebrating 25 years of independent existence, except for the last two persons, we are unfortunately missing the other four persons. Physically, they are no longer in our midst, but the Balaga owes a lot to these founding fathers and the earliest Members of the Balaga. It is only fitting that we place our humble regards to all these persons on record at the very outset. While commemorating the Silver Jubilee of the Balaga, the first 25 Members are proposed to be invited to participate in the celebration and honoured as Aadhara Sthambas of the Balaga. 

The Balaga had no office of its own in the initial years, but the Office-bearers met in each other’s residences and carried on the work of enlisting new members – not only in Mysore, but also in the neighboring places like Nanjangud, Srirangapattana, Mandya, etc. They also started some social, cultural and religious activities, which remain our main objectives even to this day. The first few years were the toughest ones and Sri G.V.Rao, who continued for nearly 10 years as Secretary, kept some space in his house at the Balaga’s disposal for our activities. The Balaga was officially registered as a Society in 1991, but with this residential address! This practice of using the Committee Members’ residences for their meetings was continued till very recently and it is only since 2010 that the Balaga has an office of its own, and an official address!

Sri A.H.Gopal Rao was succeeded by Sri N.Shivaram, Sri T.H.Shankaranarayana and Sri G.S.Subramanyam as Presidents. Dr. Y.Narayana Rao , Sri N.C.Krishna Murthy, Sri M.A.Chandrashekar and  Sri B.N.Prabhakar were inducted as Vice-Presidents in later years. Sri C.S.Krishna Murthy, Sri N.R.Shankara Rao, Sri T.S.Shashidhar served as Secretaries while Sri N.G.Krishna Murthy, Sri K.G.Bharathy, Smt. Lakshmi  and Sri T.E.Sadashiva took turns as Treasurers in the following years. A Women’s Wing was added around 1992, and has become an active partner in all our endeavours . Thus, at the end of 25 years, we have a well-knit team (listed elsewhere in this Souvenir) at the helm of affairs, which is carrying on the good work done by its predecessors.

Lack of regular office space, as a problem, was solved in 2005, when we got a 90 x 110 ft. Civic Amenities Site allotted at a nominal rate by the Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) – thanks to the assistance rendered by well-wishers in the MUDA committee. An office building, however, remained a dream, due to lack of funds. But there too, we were lucky to garner the support of many of our own Members, their relatives and friends, besides a large number of elected representatives MLAs and MLCs. We could raise enough funds to construct a beautiful building – the Badaganadu Sabha Bhavana – which houses an Assembly Hall, a Dining Hall, a few rooms and has provision to build few more rooms for needy students. Work on it started in 2007 and it was officially thrown open to Members’ and Public use in August 2012. 

The Balaga has maintained a tradition of regularly arranging religious, social and cultural events for the benefit of its Members:
• Performing samoohika Upanayanams and  arranging religious festivals like Ganesha Puja, Ashadhalakshmi Puja, Sathyanarayana Puja, etc.
• Felicitating those who have completed 80 years (Sahasrachadradarshis), 
• Arranging health check-up camps, blood donation camps, etc. for the benefit of Members as well as persons of all communities, 
• Distributing merit-based and merit-cum-means-based scholarships to deserving students of all communities, 
• Recognizing and honouring persons serving the public and contributing to their welfare and progress in diverse fields of activities (like politics, education, industry, entertainment, media, etc.). 
The Balaga celebrates the International Women’s Day every year and has planned to initiate environmental awareness campaigns from this year. We also visit old-age homes and schools for specially-enabled children to provide the inmates some food, fruits, clothing and entertainment as well, on special occasions like Independence Day and Republic Day. Arranging Picnics, Excursions, Indoor and Outdoor Sports as well as Quiz programmes for all age-groups of Members, Singing, Cooking, Dolls Arrangement and other such competitions for the ladies complete the rest of our regular activities. The Balaga also provides all facilities for free computer training to ladies, besides Yoga, vocational training like Tailoring, language classes for Hindi, English, etc. to the general public.

As on date, the Balaga has a membership of about 800, of which around 300-400 are residents of Mysore, Nanjangud, Srirangapattana and Mandya. Another 100-200 are from Bangalore and the rest are distributed mainly in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu. Since 2007, we bring out a bi-lingual monthly Newsletter – Badaganadu Prapancha – that serves not only as an effective means of intercommunication between the Office-bearers and the Members but also provides a forum to highlight the achievements of Members, their children, their talents and achievements, etc. A Vadhu-Varara Vedike , functioning since 2008, provides useful assistance to Members seeking suitable alliances for their children and relatives.
A list of those recognized and honoured by the Balaga for their invaluable contributions to the Society in general, though not exhaustive, is quite impressive. It contains names like Prof. Roddam Narasimha (Aero-Scientist), Sri G.V.K.Rao (Chief Secretary and Head, Planning Commission), Dr. Pradhan Gurudutt (Head, Translation Academy), Sri R.Guru, Sri D.S.Srikantiah and  Sri K.V.Murthy (Industrialists), Sri C.K.N.Raja (Legal Expert), Prof. Arkanath (Educationist), Sri H.G.Somashekara, Sri H.G.Dattatreya, Sri Mandya Ramesh and Sri Raju Ananthaswamy (Artists from the Large and Small Screens and Musicians). The list provides only a peep into the activities of the Balaga and the thinking behind the policies till date. It is certain to undergo minor modifications with the change of leadership in the years ahead, but we are sure that the essential features would be retained. 

Badaganadu people have always been known for their administrative skills and educational excellence, even in the years gone by. They have held top posts in Government and highly respected positions in Society. Elsewhere in this Souvenir, we have given a pen-portrait of a few Eminent Personalities of the Badaganadu community. One of the cherished aims of the Balaga is therefore to bring out a more detailed volume on the contributions by such personalities to the Society in general and to the Badaganadu community in particular. We also wish to publish a Directory of important Badaganadu personalities currently active in various fields like Administration, Medicine, Engineering, Business, Cultural Activities, etc. Both these tasks entail collection of large amount of data, its consolidation and verification. We cannot undertake these stupendous tasks single-handedly and need help from as many people as possible, not all of them necessarily our Members!

We earnestly hope that this brief insight into the activities and future plans of the Badaganadu Balaga, Mysore provides the necessary impetus to undertake such worthy tasks. Suggestions from anyone interested in such activities are most welcome and the Balaga is willing to collaborate with them in any manner possible. 

Dr.Y.Narayana Rao                                                                                President, Badaganadu Balaga, Mysore                                                                        
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Silver Jubilee Celebration of Badaganadu Balaga, Mysore

The Badaganadu Balaga, Mysore celebrated 25 years of its existence on Sunday, the 20th April 2014 at its own premises – The Badaganadu Sabhabhavana – in Vasu Layout, Ramakrishna Nagara K Block, Mysore.

The function started off with the observance of the Internatinal Womens’ Day, with Smt. Dr. Gita Avadhani, Retired Director of Mysore Medical College as the Special Invitee. Addressing the gathering, she spoke on the need for educating and empowering women to take up entrepreneurial assignments. She wanted them to be better educated and work as equal partners so that their status in Society could be improved. 
Dr. Gita then honoured 2 Women Achievers :          
 Smt. R.Indira, an Industrialist from Mandya, running a highly successful transformer manufacturing and transformer-oil reprocessing industry   and 
Smt. Vasantha Venkatesh, our own Member and renowned Gamaka Exponent, who has performed all over Karnataka and acquired International accreditation by her participation in NAVIKA, USA
Prizes were then distributed to winners of various competitions like Dasara Dolls Arrangement, Singing, Cooking and Quiz, arranged for ladies of other organizations in Mysore.
Later, all the Special Invitees, Dr. Gita Avadhani, Sri Sihi Kahi Chandru, Sri Mandya Ramesh (both Artists and Directors of several small-screen and large-screen serials and movies), Sri B.S.Ravishankar (President, Badaganadu Sangha, Bangalore) and Dr. Y.Narayana Rao, President of the Balaga, Mysore lit the lamp signifying the inauguration of the Silver Jubilee celebration. 
The Secretary, Sri T.S.Shashidhar presented an overview of the growth of the Balaga from its inception to the present day. He traced its growth and also the travails it has undergone in acquiring the present site, in raising funds for construction of the Sabhabhavana, and thanked the various Donors, MLAs, MLCs for their generous help. At the same time, he warned against complacence, since there were still a large amount of bills and loans to be settled. 
Thereafter, 2 Senior Members of the Balaga, as Sahasrachandradarshis  and
                 11 surviving from its first 25 Members, as Adharasthambhas were honoured by the Balaga.
Merit scholarships as well as Merit-cum-Means Scholarships were then distributed to about 20 Students of all age groups. Special mention was made of:
Chi. Pranav Datt, a 4th Standard boy who has won several awards and certificates for his excellent performance in various fields like drawing, painting, sports, etc.
Chi. Sahana, who has excelled by taking 99% marks in her SSLC examination and 
Chi. Kushal, a differently-enabled boy, who has attained international standards in swimming and brought laurels to the country in Paralympics. 
The Special Invitees, in their speeches, covered several aspects of the services rendered by organizations like the Badaganadu Balaga Mysore, to the community in general and to their Members in particular. They highlighted various other areas to which these services could be extended in the coming years. Each of them had specific proposals in mind, which they felt, could be advantageously adopted by the Balaga in its future plans. 
During a sumptuous lunch, the Members were entertained with Nadaswaram and clarionet music, devotional music and light music. After lunch, they were entertained with a beautiful classical Bharata Natya rendering by Kumari Puja and light music by Sri Rajesh Padyar and his orchestral group.
The official releasing of the Silver Jubilee Souvenir was the finale of the celebration. It was done by the  Chief Guest, Padmabhushan Sri M.V.Venkatachaliah, Retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court . In his Address, he spoke highly of the evolvement of the Balaga from a religio-cultural organization to one which caters to the social requirements of the Society as well. At the same time, Sri Venkatachaliah stressed on the need for political, judicial and administrative reforms in the country from time to time to meet the varying conditions developing in the country. He also warned that failure to do so may lead to ‘pervasive anarchy’ as witnessed these days and opined that only peace could solve all problems of the country. Justice Venkatachaliah also wanted the University system to provide not mere education but also cater to education of international standards, career-oriented training and entrepreneurial skills. He suggested that organizations like the Balaga could join hands with the University in nurturing such skills, by establishing appropriate cells and sponsoring young entrepreneurs.
After the rendering of a musical Rupaka – Girija Kalyana – by Smt. Vasanta Venkatesh and her group, prizes were distributed by the President of the Balaga to the Members who had partaken in various events conducted as part of the Silver Jubilee Celebration. Prof. M.A.Chandrashekar, Vice-President of the Balaga, then proposed a Vote of Thanks to all the invitees, to the Chairman of the Silver Jubilee Organisation Committee Sri B.N.Prabhakar and to all the other Members for their active co-operation and participation.  The function came to a successful end, with the singing of the National Anthem.
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No. CA1 Vasu Layout Badaganadu Bhavana Road Ramakrishna Nagar K Block Mysore - 570 022 Karnataka, India
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Started in 1989, Badaganadu Balaga, Mysore, is an institution that caters to the social, cultural, and religious needs of the Badaganadu community settled in the Mysore, Chamaraja Nagar, Nanjangud, and Mandya regions. 
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