The extensive contribution of the Haridasas of the 15th and 16th centuries is not well known. While most us us know of Puranadaradasa, many do not realize that he was part of a long line of sant composers of the bhakti movement in the Kannada speaking region of South-Central India. These musician-composer-mendicant -philosophers were Vishnu bhaktas. The term Haridasa itself denotes one who is in the service of Vishnu. The community of these Harisdasas came to be called the Dasakuta.
They sang in praise of Viṣṇu and encouraged others to follow the same path to attain moksha. Some of the noted composers of the Dāsa kūṭa were Śrīpādarāya, Vyāsarāya, Vādirājatīrtha, Purandaradāsa, Kanakadāsa, Jagannātha-tīrtha, Vijayadāsa, Gōpāladasa, and Narahari-tīrtha. The movement flourished in the Vijayanagara area around Hampi. Later, Raghavendra svāmī also gave impetus to this movement from Mantrālaya and Rāicūr, after which hundereds of Haridāsa-s poured their hearts out in lyrical devotional poetry and songs. The influence of the dāsa-s on the bhakti movement was such, that their songs and teachings spread all over Central and South India.
Dhvani and Dhvani Music School take great pleasure in celebrating the lives of these mystics by organizing a day of homage to the Haridāsa-s. This labour day, we relive the lives and messages of the great Haridāsa tradition with musical presentations, story-telling, quiz, games and other activities. Come to sing, learn, listen, hear stories and play. You will leave with a rich understanding about the Haridasas of yesteryear and their delightful, soul-stirring music which has enriched the culture for some 500 years.
All community members are welcome to come and enjoy the event. If you or your children and students would like to participate, please get in touch with Dr. Padma Sugavanam through the website.