Beary Basse (Beary language) is an Indian language mainly spoken by the Muslim communities mainly of "Karnataka (Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts)" and some parts of Kerala ( "in some parts of Kasaragod district" ) who are known as Bearys (Byaris). Bearys speak a language made of Malayalam idioms with Tulu phonology and grammar. This dialect was traditionally known as Mappila Bashe because of Bearys' close contact with Mappilas. Due to the intensive influence of Tulu for centuries, it is today considered as a language close to both Tulu and Malayalam.On hearing it for the first time, a Malayali from Kasaragod district will feel some similarity to their language but not to a South Kerala Malayali.
- 1 Features
- 2 Person endings
- 3 Arabic influence
- 4 Literature
- 5 Beary language films
- 6 Beary Sahitya Sammelana (Literary Summit of Bearys)
- 7 See also
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
The language uses the Kannada alphabet for writing. Being a distant cousin of other dialects of Malayalam and surrounded by other linguistic groups for centuries, mainly Tulu and Kannada, the dialect exhibits ancient features as well as modern innovations not seen in other well-known dialects of Malayalam. Surrounded by Tulu speaking community, the impact of Tulu on the phonological, morphological and syntactical structure of the dialect is evident.
Distinction of ḻ, ṇ, ṟ
Sounds peculiar to Malayalam such as 'ḻ', 'ṇ', 'ṟ' are not found in this dialect. 'ḷ' and 'ṇ' are merged with l and n, respectively. 'ṟ' is merged with r and tt, 'tt' to t. This resembles Tulu.
Distinction of ‘v’ and ‘b’
The initial ‘v’ of standard Malayalam corresponds to an initial ‘b’ of Beary Bashe. The same change has taken place in Tulu, too.
|Bittu||Vithu||Bitte||Beeja ('Bittu' in Kannada = 'sow' in English)||Seed|
'*'This orthographic representation is phonemic. On a phonetic level, it often becomes [ˈʋaːɖaɡə], which is closer to the Tulu and Beary Bashe forms. This occurs because of a rule whereby voiced plosive consonants are intervocalic allophones of their unvoiced counterparts. However, this only applies to native Dravidian words, and as "vāṭaka" is a Sanskrit loanword, the prescriptively correct pronunciation is indeed [ˈʋaːʈakə].
Distinction of ‘a’ and ‘e’
The final ‘a’ of standard Malayalam corresponds to the final ‘e’ in Beary Bashe.
|Cēre||Kere Havu||Chēra||Rat Snake|
Distinction of ‘n’ and ‘m’
The word final ‘n’ and ‘m’ of standard Malayalam are dropped in Beary Bashe.
Almost all lexical items in Beary Bashe can be related to corresponding lexical items in Malayalam, Tulu or Perso-Arabic origin. However, some equivalents can only be found in Mappila dialects of Malayalam in Kerala.
Verbs in old Dravidian languages did not have any person marking. Person endings of verbs observed in modern Dravidian languages are later innovations. Malayalam is the only Dravidian language that does not show any verbal person suffixes, so Malayalam verbs can be said to represent the original stage of Dravidian verbs. Person suffixes in Beary Bashe closely resemble those of Tulu, although the past tense in this dialect agrees with that of standard Malayalam in shape as well as in the distribution of allomorphs.
Beary Bashe is strongly influenced by the Arabic language. Most of the Bearys especially in coastal area still use a lot of bearified Arabic words during their daily transaction. Saan, Pinhana, Gubboosu, Dabboosu, Pattir, Rakkasi, Seintaan, Kayeen, are the few words used in Beary Bashe that have their roots in Arabic. Beary Bashe also has words related to Tamil and Malayalam. Tamil and Malayalam Speakers can understand Beary up to an extent of 75%.
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The Bearys of the coast have produced rich literary work using both Beary Bashe and Kannada language. The literature comprises Beary poetry, research articles on Bearys, historical analysis of Dakshina Kannada Muslims, essays, stories and other fields of literature. "English-Kannada-Beary" dictionary is also available in the market produced by Dr. A. Wahhab Doddamane. A number of notable Beary littérateurs have contributed to enrich the Beary literature. Dr. Susheela P. Upadhyaya, an eminent scholar has made a comprehensive study in finding the roots of Beary literature. Dr. A. Wahhab Doddamane has produced a book entitled The Muslims of Dakshina Kannada, which is an informative documentary work.
The Bearys have also produced a number of magazines and periodicals from Mangalore and other cities of the district. Some periodicals have become popular and a few of them have become a part of Beary history. Generally Kannada script is used to produce Beary literature. More than a 100 books, 400 audio cassettes and 2 video albums have been brought out so far.
Bearys have brought out numerous lyrics and songs in Beary Bashe. Beary songwriters and music composers have published a number of Beary albums, thousands of copies in electronic format have already been sold.
The Beary Bashe has its own songs and 'ghazals'. Although it is unique in its nature the songs bore resemblance to Moplah Patts (Mappila Songs). The Beary folk songs were rendered during marriage (Mangila) parties, and for many other occasions. Kolkkali patt is a song sung during a cultural play called Kolata which uses short sticks in both the hands while playing, Unjal patt is sung by the girls during the occasion of putting the child to cradle, Moyilanji patt is sung during marriage ceremonies.
Unfortunately modern day Bearys do not know the folk songs sung by their ancestors. Several Beary folk games have also vanished.
One of the famous folk songs sung by Beary women to tease the bride during her wedding celebrations is "appa chudu chudu patima". Elderly ladies of the neighbourhood gather around the bride on the day of Mangila (wedding) to sing those melodious teasing lines. The first few lines are:
- appa chudu chudu patima,
- ippa baru baru mapule;
- chutte appa karinhi poyi,
- banne mapule madangi poyi ....
List of the books published in Beary Bashe
|1||Muthu Maale (Islamudo Nadavadi)||Abul Hasan Muhammad Moulavi|
|2||Kammane* (A collection of poetry)||Mohammed Baddur|
|3||Tanal (A collection of poetry)||Ibrahim Tanniru Bawi|
|4||Ponchiri* (Proverbs)||M.B. Abdul Rahman|
|5||Choltonnu Chelonnu (A collection of stories)||U.A. Qasim Ullala|
|6||Video Casstte (A collection of stories)||U.A. Qasim Ullala|
|7||Niskaaratho Krama, Adl Chelred Piine Adre Artha||U.A. Qasim Ullala|
|8||Beary Cassette-re Paatnga (A collection of songs)||Hussain Katipalla|
|9||Beary Cassette-re Paatnga (A collection of songs)||Basheer Ahmed Kinya|
|10||Paalum Ten (Folk tales)||Hamza Malar|
|11||Oru Pannre Kinaavu* (Short Novel)||Hamza Malar|
|12||Pernal* (A collection of stories)||Mohammed Kulai|
|13||Kinaavu* (A collection of stories)||Beary writers|
|14||Duniyaavy (A collection of songs)||Beary poets|
|15||Meltiri (A collection of songs)||Beary poets|
- *These books are available at the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress at Washington, D.C., USA.
Beary language films
The inaugural ceremony of first Beary language video movie, Mami Marmolu was held in Mangalore on October 22, 2008. The film is being produced by Sony Enterprises, B.S. Gangadhara is the producer of the film. The film will focus on social and family problems being faced by the Beary families. Rahim Uchil has written the story, screen play, dialogue of the film. The director of this first Beary movie is Rahim Uchil while Prakash Padubidri is the assistant director. Rajesh Haleangady will be the cinematographer and music is being provided by Ravindra Prabhu.
The movie stars Vaibhavi (Gulsha Fawzia Begum), Rahim Uchil, Veena Mangalore, Roopashri Varkady, Riyana, K. K. Gatti, Ashok Bikernakatte, Ibrahim Thanneerbhavi, Riyaz, Sujnesh and Imtiyaz. Retired Police officer G. A. Bava will also have a role. Film will be shot in and around Mangalore city including Maripalla and Pilikula.
Beary Sahitya Sammelana (Literary Summit of Bearys)
There are four Beary Sahitya Sammelanas (The Beary Literature Summit) have been taken place so far. Cultural activities, exhibition related to Beary culture and society, talks on Beary society by Beary scholars, publications and Beary literature stalls are the centre of attraction during any Beary Sahitya Sammelana.
- The first Beary Sahitya Sammelana was presided by B.M. Iddinabba, Member of Legislative Assembly, Ullal constituency, Karnataka State.
- The second Beary Sahitya Sammelana was presided by Golthamajalu Abdul Khader Haji.
- The third Beary Sahitya Sammelana was presided by Beary research scholar Prof. B.M. Ichlangod.
- The Fourth Beary Sahitya Sammelana was presided by novelist Fakir Mohammed Katpady.
Fourth Beary Sahitya Sammelana
The Fourth Beary Sahitya Sammelana (The Fourth Beary Literary Summit), held in Vokkaligara Samaja Bhavana in the city of Chikmagalur on 27 February 2007 which demanded that the state government establish a Beary Sahitya Academy. The Sammelana was jointly organized by Kendra Beary Sahitya Parishat, Mangalore, and Chickmagalur Bearygala Okkoota. Chikmagalur is the district that harbors the second largest Beary population, next to Dakshina Kannada.
The theme of the Sammelana was Prosperity through Literature, Development through Education and Integrity for Security. 
The sammelana also took up issues such as official recognition to the Beary Bashe by the State Government, setting up of Beary Sahitya Academy, and recognition to the community as linguistic minority. It is said that Beary Bashe is as old as Tulu and spoken by more than 1,500,000 people around the world. The history of this dialect is at least 1200 years old.
- Upadhyaya 1996, p. ix
- Upadhyaya 1996, p. 63
- Upadhyaya 1996, p. 64
- Upadhyaya 1996, p.65
- Upadhyaya 1996, p.66
- Upadhyaya 1996, p.67
- Upadhyaya 1996, p.79
- Upadhyaya 1996, p.68
- Arabic and other language influence
- The Hindu, Saturday, Oct 13, 2007
- Online edition of The Hindu, Monday, Feb 06, 2006
- Beary movie Mami Marmol - Inaugural function news at Daijiworld.com, Sunday, October 26, 2008
- News appeared in Canaraworld.com
- "Fourth Beary Sahitya Sammelan in Chikmagalur". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 3 February 2007.
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (November 2008)|
- Upadhyaya, U. Padmanabha (1996). "Coastal Karnataka: Studies in Folkloristic and Linguistic Traditions of Dakshina Kannada Region of the Western Coast of India". First All India Conference of Dravidian Linguistics, Thiruvananthapuram, 1973 (Udupi: Rashtrakavi Govind Pai Samshodhana Kendra). ISBN 81-86668-06-3