Bhakta Kanakadasa

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Bhakta Kanakadasa
Directed by Y. R. Swamy
Produced by D. R. Naidu
Screenplay by Hunsur Krishnamurthy
Story by Hunsur Krishnamurthy
Music by M. Venkataraju
Cinematography R. Madhu
Edited by Govinda Swamy
M. S. Parthasarathi
Distributed by Shaymprasad Movies
Release date
  • 30 November 1960 (1960-11-30)
Running time
127 minutes
Country India
Language Kannada

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

Boasting of lilting tunes including the works of Kanakadasa himself, the songs were held in high esteem. Music was composed by M Venkataraju, the songs turned very popular,

Story line[edit]

Kanaka, who is the chieftain of a fort wishes to marry a lass, played by Krishnakumari, 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 divinty, Kanaka becomes a dasa[servant] to the Lord. With his unflinching devotion, dedication, he gets the trust of a Guru. Inspired by his Guru 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, 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 Lord, including Mohana Tarangini, Rama dhyaana charitre.


Track list[edit]

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. 
  2. ^ "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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