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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]

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109 news items

The Hindu
Mon, 04 Apr 2016 17:00:00 -0700

Tirupati JEO Pola Bhaskar, All Projects Deputy EO Sharada, Dasa Sahitya Project Chief Anandateerthacharya, Editor-in-Chief Samudrala Lakshmanaiah, Telugu Vangamaya Project Special Officer Medasani Mohan and others were present. Procession.

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 16:00:00 -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
Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:00:00 -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 ...


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 ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sun, 13 Mar 2016 18:52:30 -0700

Not just the Dasa Sahitya, the earliest known Kannada work, Kavirajamarga (850 CE), by Rashtrakuta king Nrupatunga, Kumaravyasa Bharata — a retelling of the Mahabharata by 15th century Kannada poet Kumaravyasa, Sarvagna vachanas, and ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Tue, 08 Mar 2016 16:02:18 -0800

“The work for Harikatha Pathasahala is in full swing. It will be commenced within six months. It will serve as a study and research centre for Dasa Sahitya of South India. The pathashala will plan to organise conferences of Harikatha narrators,” he said.

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