Surdas was a 16th-century blind Hindu devotional poet and singer, who was known for his works written in praise of Krishna, the supreme lord.
11 Facts About Surdas
Surdas was a Vaishnava devotee of Lord Krishna, and he was a revered poet and singer.
Surdas's compositions glorified and captured his devotion towards lord Krishna.
The birthday of Surdas is celebrated as Surdas Jayanti in the Vaishnav calendar, on the 5th day of the Hindu month of Vaishakh.
Under Vallabha Acharya's guidance and training, Surdas memorized the Shrimad Bhagvata, studied the Hindu scriptures, and gave lectures on philosophical and religious subjects.
Surdas is best known for his composition the Sur Sagar.
Surdas describes 24 incarnations of the Lord interspersed with the legends of Dhruva and Prahlada.
Surdas then narrates the story of the incarnation of Krishna.
Surdas was a part of the Bhakti movement spreading across the Indian subcontinent.
Surdas's poetry was written in a dialect of Hindi called Braj Bhasha, until then considered to be a very plebeian language, as the prevalent literary languages were either Persian or Sanskrit.
Surdas's work raised the status of the Braj Bhasha from a crude language to that of a literary one.