This bhajan from Vrindavan is part of the rich Indian oral tradition of music. It was first composed and sung by Suradas ji, disciple of Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya ji. Surdas ji was blessed to be an Ashtsakha of Sri Govardhan Nath ji. This song is from about years ago and it is written in Brajbhasha. Singer and illustrator - Anisha Sharma. Who is an Ashtsakha? Read here.
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Surdas, like Homer, was born blind. He was chief among the eight poets, who were considered to be truly cast as 'reprints' in the mould of their master, Vallabhacharya. The padas composed by the eight poets are sung during darshan of Shrinathji, a form of Krishna, at Nathdvara in modern-day Rajasthan. Krishna is always shown as a seven-year-old boy. To compose these was a Herculean task and Surdas carried out the assignment in all humility. Surdas was already versed in the Bhagavata Puran and other shastras. Vallabhacharya administered diksha to Surdas and made him his disciple.
Surdas is usually regarded as having taken his inspiration from the teachings of Vallabha Acharya , whom he is supposed to have met in There are many stories about him, but most consideringly [ clarification needed ] he is said to have been blind from birth. However, many of the poems in the book seem to be written by later poets in Sur's name.
In this post, I want to share a few songs by Surdas, who is regarded as one of the greatest poets of north India. All of the translations and background information come from The Memory of Love: Surdas Sings to Krishna , a set of translations by John Stratton Hawley — I highly recommend checking them out! Modern Standard Hindi, the official language that is taught in Indian schools and used in newspapers, is a pretty modern language as is Modern Standard Urdu in Pakistan. It was derived from the common language spoken around Delhi, called khadi boli. You can read more about the history of modern Hindi here. In reality, khadi boli has largely wiped out and homogenized the many different literary and spoken languages of northern India, including Awadhi and Braj Bhasha but also languages like Bhojpuri and Magadhi.