Kodagu is a small region nestled in the Western Ghats of South India. Today it is a fringe district of the state of Karnataka. Kodagu was formerly called Kodavu and its natives were called Kodavas. The land was later called Coorg and the Kodavas were called Coorgs. The Kodavas were paddy agriculturists who owned the farmland that they tilled. They also formed a traditional militia. The Kodavas lived as large families (called okka) in a big country house (called Ainmane or Balliamane). 

 

Kodava thakk (‘speech of the Kodavas’) developed a literature only in the early 20th century. There is nothing unusual about it, most languages of the world (including national languages like Finnish) have developed a literature very lately. Scholars like Shri Nadikerianda Chinnappa, who compiled Kodava folklore into his book Pattole Palame, and Shri Hardas Appachcha Kavi, who wrote a number of classical plays, wrote Kodava thakk in the Kannada script. Nadikeri is a tribute to Shri Nadikerianda Chinnappa, his magnum opus, the Pattole Palame, his other works and that of his grandchildren (Boverianda Mrs. Nanjamma and Mr. Chinnappa), the translators of the Pattole Palame. It deals largely with the Palame and other related oral folk traditions.

 The 24 Coorg nads (shires), Kodagu, 1834 (Courtesy: Nanjamma and Chinnappa, 2003)
The 24 Coorg nads (shires), Kodagu, 1834 (Courtesy: Nanjamma and Chinnappa, 2003)