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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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153 news items

The Hindu
Sun, 15 Nov 2015 16:03:49 -0800

He was speaking at the 5th anniversary of the Dasa Sahitya Parishat. After five centuries, Dasa sahitya has proven its timelessness. It also speaks of similar principles of the Sharanas. “We should work towards finding the similarities and not the ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 16:00:00 -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.

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sat, 28 Nov 2015 16:33:26 -0800

Deputy Commissioner Manoj Jain garlanded the statue of Kanakadasa at the Kanakadasa Circle in Yadgir city. He said the saint's keertans gave a new dimension to 'Dasa Sahitya' and Kannada literature. His hymns focused on ill practices and caste systems ...

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 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
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 ...


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 ...

Deccan Herald

Deccan Herald
Sun, 14 Jun 2015 12:10:03 -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.

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