Ballari Siddamma was born in 1903 to a traditional family in today’s Haveri District’s Dundasi Village. Her father was Kottege Basappa. Though he was a businessman by profession,
he was interested in the freedom struggle. Her father used to bring newspapers and periodicals for Siddamma. These made her to develop nationalist thoughts.
- She was married to another freedom fighter Murugappa, it became easy for her to participate in the freedom struggle completely.
- By 1930s, freedom struggle was at its peak in Mysuru state.
- It was led by Sardar Veeranna Gowda, S. Nijalingappa and T. Siddalingaiah.
- Ballari Siddamma participated in the Convention of Congress party at Shivapura in 1938.
- She courted arrest by hoisting the flag on April 13, 1938. She was imprisoned for a month.
- She was the first woman to participate in hoisting the flag in the state of Mysuru.