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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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57 news items

 
Deccan Herald
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 11:11:15 -0700

“Through Kannada and Culture Department's mobile application newshunt, 100 classical works including Vachana Sahitya, Dasa Sahitya have been uploaded. The people can read it using the mobile app. Kannada and Culture department is making use of ...

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
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:48:45 -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 the week-long Dasa Kirtana music camp ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:10:18 -0700

... Karnataka Vimochana Vedike, Veerashiva Samaj, Hyderabad Karnataka Horata Samithi Bhageeratha Samaj, All India Democratic Students' Union and Dasa Sahitya Adhyayana Kendra — expressed their support for making the sammelan a great success.

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
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:09:36 -0800

Ishwarayya A., writer and art critic, said recently that 'haridasas' or saint-composers, who were responsible for creating 'Dasa Sahitya', had emphasised on following morals and ethics in a simple language. He was speaking at the inaugural function of ...

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 ...
 
Daijiworld.com
Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:21:59 -0700

He noted that Dasa Sahitya was not as popular as some of the other forms basically because for a long time musicians had considered it a form of literature while litterateurs considered it a form of music. Eventually, neither paid it the attention it ...
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