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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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114 news items

The Hindu
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 16:00:00 -0800

The three-day Purandara Dasa Aradhanotsavam will commence at the Lord Venkateswara temple here on Sunday. The programme is organised as part of the TTD's Dasa Sahitya project. The first day of the festival will be marked by 'Nagara Sankeerthanam' ...
The Hindu
Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:03:51 -0800

The Aradhana Mahotsavams of saint composer Sri Purandara Dasa will be organised by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Dasa Sahitya Project from January 26 to February 18 in Tirupati, Tirumala and various other places in Andhra Pradesh and ...
The Hindu
Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:02:23 -0800

Meanwhile, the TTD has also decided to bring various functional projects, such as Dasa Sahitya Project, Alwar Divya Prabandha Project, Dharma Prachara Parishad, Tarigonda Vengamamba Vangmaya and Sri Srinivasa Vangmaya projects which are ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:10:31 -0700

Ishwarayya A., art critic, said on Wednesday that “Dasa Sahitya” was a rich cultural heritage, which must be preserved and promoted, and transmitted to the next generation. He was presiding over the inauguration of a week-long Dasa Kirtana music camp ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:05:56 -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

The Hindu
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 16:07:21 -0800

Research scholar Swamirao Kulkarni, who has made great contribution to the Dasa Sahitya in the State, has been selected by the government to receive the prestigious Kanakasri Award, given in the honour of Haridasa and Kanakadasa, this year.


Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:21:59 -0700

Mangalore, Jul 14: A two-day state-level Dasa Sahitya Sammelana was inaugurated at Town Hall here on Thursday July 14. The event was inaugurated by former president of state Kannada Sahitya Parishat Harikrishna Punaroor. In his inaugural address, ...

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