A commemorative postage stamp, information folder on the 400th Death Anniversary of Sri Purandara Dasa (1484-1564) :
Issued on Tuesday, Jan 14, 1964
Issued for : The P & T Department is privileged to issue a special stamp in memory of Purandaradasa on this occasion.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used, Information Brochure sheet
Colour : Light Brown
Denomination : 15 nP
Overall size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.63 X 2.62 cms.
Perforation : 13
Watermark : All over multiple ‘Lion Capital of Asoka‘
Number of stamps printed : 2.5 million
Set : 35 stamps per issue sheet
Printing process : Photogravure
Designed and printed at : India Security Press
Name : Purandara Dasa
Born on 1474 at Kshemapura, Shivamogga, Karnataka, India
Died on 1564 at Hampi, Karnataka, India
- Purandaradasa is the most popular among the ‘Haridasas’ of Karnataka. He was born at Purandaragada, near Poona in 1484 A.D. In early life he followed his father’s occupation of a trader and amassed great wealth but renounced all his riches and the world later. He sought spiritual guidance from the contemporary religious savant, Vyasaraya and devoted himself to a life of piety and religion. His love of God found expression in innumerable poems in Kannada which are widely sung to this day. Though the language of his compositions is highly poetic it is adorned with rich imagery and similes drawn from common life and has a rare power of moving the listeners. In the words of an eminent critic, his works “indicate a mind familiar with the world and its ways and inclined as much to see without as within. Wide knowledge, deep experience, and a great love of humanity are visible in them. Their range is great.”
- Though his mother tongue was Kannada and he wrote in that language, he was an erudite scholar of Sanskrit. He had mastered the theory and practice of music of his day after a deep study of the scriptures and the well-known musical texts. He laid the foundation of Carnatic Music and contributed greatly to its form as well as content through his own originality and compositions. Many later composers like Tyagaraja and Muthuswami Dikshitar drew inspiration from Purandaradasa’s works.
- Tradition credits him with having composed 4,75,000 songs besides other works on Hindu mythology. Only a portion of his monumental output is available to posterity, but what exists speaks abundantly of his greatness. Purandaradasa is believed to have left his mortal frame in 1564 A.D. and the fourth centenary of this event was being observed all over the Kannada country on 14th January ’64.