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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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Deccan Herald

Deccan Herald
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:41:15 -0700

There seems to be renewed focus on six old cases of plagiarism, following the recent controversy over a fresh case involving Dr S S Angadi, pertaining to his thesis 'Dasa sahitya bhashe,' at the Kannada University, Hampi. A recent meeting of the ...

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
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 ...

Deccan Herald

Deccan Herald
Sun, 14 Jun 2015 12:07:30 -0700

In 2010, Dr Angadi published a book on “Dasa Sahitya Bhashe” lifting the content from pages 124 to 130 and 167 to 208 as it is from Praveen's Purandaradasa Adhyayana Peetha without the due permission from the author or acknowledging the latter.
 
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 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, 21 May 2015 17:11:15 -0700

Anandatirhtacharya Pagadal, Special Officer, Dasa Sahitya Project, Tirupati Tirumala Temple, would preside over the function at 8 a.m. This would be followed by a lecture by D. Gopalacharya, Director of Sri Vadiraja Research Centre, Udupi, at 9 a.m..
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