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Dasa Sahitya (Kannada: ದಾಸ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ) is the literature of bhakti movement composed by devotees in honor of Lord Vishnu or one of his Avatars. Dasa is literally servant in Kannada and sahitya is literature. Haridasas ("servants of God") were preachers of bhakti to Lord Vishnu or one of his avatars. The bhakti literature of these Haridasas is collectively referred to as Dasa Sahitya. It is in the Kannada language.

The Haridasas contributed to the rich heritage of Karntataka music. They made an indelible impression on the religious and cultural life of Karnataka. They spread the didactic teachings in a musical form to the hearts of the common man. Like other doyens of Indian classical music, these scholars offered pooja to Vishnu through music, called naadopasana. The Lord is described as Samagana priya; bhakti through music is the most preferred path to 'reach' him.

The Haridasa compositions are popularly known as Devaranamas. Compositions like Venkatachala Nilayam, Jagadoddharana, Tamboori meetidava, Krishna Nee Begane Baaro are some of the many examples of their scholarly work.

Some noted composers of Dasa sahitya[edit]

  • Helevanakatte Giriyamma
  • Praneshadasaru
  • Harpanahalli Bhimavva
  • Prasanna Venkatadasaru
  • Venugopaladasaru
  • Mohanadasaru
  • Prasanna Venkatadasaru
  • Tande Muddumohana Dasaru
  • Narahari Theertaru ( Direct Shishya of Madhwacaryaru )

External links[edit]

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43 news items

The Hindu
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:08:20 -0800

He recalled the contributions of Dasas, including Purandara Dasa, to Kannada literature. “Everyone is under pressures in day-to-day life. Understanding Dasa Sahitya and keertanas will be helpful in leading a peaceful life. There is a need to popularise ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:00:00 -0800

New treatment given to Dasa Sahitya, complete with music and storytelling in animation, seems like a novel attempt at reaching out to a larger audience. The DVD covering five Dasarapadas weaves in a host of mythological tales explained in the sahitya ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:48:45 -0800

The event is being organised by VedAtma Animation Studios, which strives to preserve dasa sahitya, in association with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, where it is being hosted. “Purandaradasa, who is called the father of Karnatak music, has composed 4,75,000 ...
The Hindu
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:00:00 -0800

TTD's Executive Officer D. Sambasiva Rao, on Thursday, released posters for the event and said that special cultural and spiritual programmes would be organised by Dasa Sahitya Project, Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishad (HDPP) and Annamacharya ...
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:09:45 -0800

It has been successfully done by Dasa Sahitya,' said Dr Bairappa. He further said that Sir M Vishveshwaryya was not only a civil engineer of par excellence but also an economist. Kannada Sahitya Parishat should devote a few programme in memory of great ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:00:00 -0800

Despite the commendable struggles of Basaveshwara, the vachankars and saints who scripted dasa-sahitya against exploitation and caste system, modern and independent India was still dogged by the exploitative caste system and economic disparities.

The Hindu

The Hindu
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 11:18:45 -0800

Also known as the 'Festival of Steps', the fête is conducted by Dasa Sahitya Project, one of the propagation arms of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD). Joint Executive Officer (Tirupati) Pola Bhaskar performed pujas to the steps before starting ...
The Hindu
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:03:57 -0800

... would begin in the early hours of Friday, with rendition of 'Venuganam' (from 6 a.m.). Later, a recital of Vedas will be held by the students of Sri Venkateswara Vedic School from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Artistes of TTD's Dasa Sahitya Project will render ...

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