Bhakta Kanakadasa

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Bhakta Kanakadasa
Directed byY. R. Swamy
Produced byD. R. Naidu
Screenplay byHunsur Krishnamurthy
Story byHunsur Krishnamurthy
Music byM. Venkataraju
CinematographyR. Madhu
Edited byGovinda Swamy
M.S. Parthasarathy
Distributed byShaymprasad Movies
Release date
  • 30 November 1960 (1960-11-30)
Running time
127 minutes

Bhakta Kanakadasa (Kannada: ಭಕ್ತ ಕನಕದಾಸ) is a 1960 Indian Kannada language film, directed by Y. R. Swamy. It depicts the spiritual journey of Kanakadasa, who was a devotee of the Hindu deity Krishna, and a poet belonging to the Dasa sect. The film stars Rajkumar, Krishna Kumari and Udaykumar in the major roles. This film, officially marked the 100th production/release of Kannada cinema, since its inception in 1934.[1][2]

Boasting of lilting tunes including the works of Kanakadasa himself, the songs were held in high esteem. The music was composed by M. Venkataraju, the songs turned very popular. Edited by Govinda Swamy & M.S. Parthasarathy [3]

Story line[edit]

Kanaka, who is the chieftain of a fort wishes to marry a lass, played by Krishna Kumari, much to the chagrin of his opponent, Uday Kumar. In a riveting battle scene, Kanaka is on the verge of losing, while Lord Krishna appears and asks him to surrender himself to divine grace. Man of high temper, Kanaka refuses and continues fighting.

As fate would have it, Kanaka is mortally wounded and healed by Lord Krishna. Surrendering himself to the divinity, Kanaka becomes a dasa [servant] to the Lord. With his unflinching devotion and dedication, he gets the trust of Sri Vyasatirtha, the Royal Priest of Vijayanagar. Inspired by Sri Vyasatirtha to visit the historic Udupi Sri Krishna Temple, Kanaka reaches there, only to be denied entry.

Kanaka is charged with defying law and is punished. His eyes are about to be gouged, but a miracle happens. Lord Krishna's idol turns around, breaks opens the wall and offers Darshan to Kanaka. This supposedly led to the formation of Kanakana kindi.

Kanaka is accepted as a true Saint by the society and spends his life singing praise of the Lord and composing poems on the Lord, including "Mohana Tarangini" and "Rama Dhyaana Charitre".


Sl No. Song Title Singer(s)
1 "Kula Kula Kulavendu" P. B. Sreenivas
2 "Badukidenu Badukidenu" P. B. Sreenivas
3 "Balli Balli" S. Janaki
4 "Chinnadante Chinna" S. Janaki
5 "Deena Naanu" (Baagilanu Teredu) P. B. Sreenivas
6 "Eesha Ninna Charana" P. B. Sreenivas
7 "Eethaneega Vasudevanu" P. B. Sreenivas
8 "Enthuge Ninna Deha" P. B. Sreenivas
9 "Shringaara Sheela" P. B. Sreenivas, S. Janaki


National Film Awards


  1. ^ "History 77 - Records In Number's". Chitraloka. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
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  3. ^ "Bhakta Kanakadasa (1960) Kannada movie: Cast & Crew". Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  4. ^ "8th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 23 November 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2011.

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