Purandara Dasa (c. 1484 – c. 1565) was a Haridasa philosopher and a follower of Madhwacharya's Dwaitha philosophy -saint from present-day Karnataka India. He was a composer, singer and one of the chief founding-proponents of Carnatic Music (South Indian classical music). In honor of his significant contributions to Carnatic music, he is widely referred to as the Pitamaha (lit. "father" or "grandfather") of Carnatic music.
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