• Karnataka celebrated “Kanakadasa Jayanthi” on November 22, 2021 to pay tribute to Shri Kanaka Dasa, who was the 15th century poet, saint and social reformer.

Key Points

  • On the occasion, Chief Minister BasavarajaBommai garlanded the photograph of Kanaka Dasa in Bengaluru.
  • Kanaka Dasa had advocated social equality and justice through kirtans.
  • Kaginele was the birthplace of Saint Kanaka Dasa. Government of Karnataka refurbished it, for the convenience of public visiting there.

Kanakadasa Jayanthi

  • This festival is celebrated by people of Karnataka and Kuruba community in Karnataka. It is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of saint Kanaka Dasa, every year.
  • In tribute to him, Government of Karnataka has declared this day as state holiday.
  • Year 2021 marked the 527-birth anniversary.

Kanaka Dasa

  • Kanaka Dasa was a Haridasa, and a renowned composer of Carnatic music, poet, musician and philosopher.
  • He is famous for his keertanas and ugabhoga, compositions for Carnatic Music.
  • He used simple Kannada language for his compositions. He was born in Baada village, near Bankapura. The saint was warrior at Bankapura fort.

Early work

  • Early works of the saint include poems like Ramadhyana Mantra, Narasimha stotra, and Mohanatarangini.

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