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AKHILA KARNATAKA KEERTHANA KALA PARISHATH
Akhila Karnataka Kirthanakala Pairshath (Regd.) was founded and established in 1980 under Saint Sri.Bhadragiriachyuthadasa. The Council was established with the help of Sri.Gururajulunaidu, Sri.Handeguruvedavyasa, Sri. Srinivasadasa, Sri.Revanasiddhayyashastri, Sri.Jagadeeshadasa, Sri. Nagendradasa and Karnataka’s Haridasaru. In the beginning, the council having 100 Haridasas now the count has been increased 600 Haridasa members.
HISTORY OF HARIKATHA OR KATHA KIRTHANA KALE
Our country India is living on our grand culture and spiritualistic. In the body and blood of every person in this country, the culture and spirituality will be flowing with no bounds and ends. Living values, humanity, morality, divinity, national integration, celebration of different cultures, celebration of festivals, and the idea behind that of philosophical ideas, unity in diversity, equality all these are gifted by sages, Sadhus, Haridasas, philosophers, who took birth in the past to we, the people of India.
CULTURE OF KALAKEERTHANA
Culture is the strong foundation of our country. Many holy souls have fought in the past who struggled for sustaining our culture have become the models for us. How a building or a work cannot sustain, without a strong basement, so the position of culture for our beautiful life. To live a peaceful happy life it is necessary to have knowledge of our culture. In this respect, many knowledgeable persons have adopted different types of arts in their own way and have acted positively for the sustenance of our culture. In this aspect In Karnataka, the art of “Katha Kirthana” or “Harikatha” and the heritage of Haridasas’s will stand in the first line.
The birthplace of the art Harikatha or Katha Kirthana art is itself Haridasa heritage of Karnataka. The Haridasas went on showing the society its defects and daily routines to the people in the accepted traditional Kannada language. In this way, they tried to take back the community towards the humanitarian line. The worked the principle of working for people is working for the god. They are still being remembered by the common people. These people were called Haridasas, Kirtanakararu. These were not bound to any caste, creed or sex, not subjected to apartheid, having no any differentialities among them.
Great Haridasas are Sri Purandara Dasa, Kanakadasa, Sri Vijayadasa, Sri Gopaladasa, Sri Jagannatha Dasa. These dasa’s forgot their individual life and family life and tying jingles to ankle, throwing out shy, playing Tambura, playing Tala, preaching the divinity and the powers of the Almighty to the people with the help of the epic stories preaching the philosophic principles, by this making known the undo things of common people and asking them to lead in a proper way. They gave a solution to their worldly problems. They were the role models in their life, preaching, doings, speech, acts, etc., to the people and they were clean-handed. They lived as they preached. They were experts in their knowledge, acts, thinking.
During the 20 and 21st century the Haridasa’s of Karnataka like
- Santa Sri Bhadragiri Achyuta Das,
- Bhadragiri Keshavadas,
- Hande Vedavyasa,
- Sri R Gururajulu Naidu,
- Malur Sannappa,
- Sosale Narayanadasa,
- Konanuru Sitarama Shastri,
- Lakshmipati Bhagavatar,
- Sambandhamurti Bhagavatar,
- Belur Upadhya Krishnamurti,
- Sheni Gopalakrishna Bhat,
- Malpe Shankaranarayana Samagar,
- Padmabushusana Pujya Dr. Pandith Puttaraja Kavi Gavayigalu (Vishweshwara punyashrama Gadaga),
- Pandith Balachandra Shashtrigalu Chikka Mannuru,
- Pandith Rudraaradhya Shashtrigalu Kodikoppa,
- Pandith Basavannaiah Shashtrigalu (Basavana Katte),
- Sri Shivagogi Shashtrigalu (Gaddada Matta Devagiri),
They loved all in the world; They showed the route to equality. It has been identified that this type of activities was started in Karnataka in the 9th century(Karnataka Bhakti Vijaya- by Keshavadasa of Beluru). From there onwards, this movement faced many ups and downs and achieved its peak in the 24th century and continued to be so till 18to 19th century and has contributed to the Kannada literature. After the 19th century, this has somehow got declined but, the Haridasas have not turned off from the social works and they have sowed the value based morels and have strengthened the internal power of common men. During the independence struggle, the role of Haridasas, Kirthanakars, and their services are memorable. They were able to stimulate the love towards the nation and the will power by their programs and preaching.
Presently “Akhila Karnataka Kirthana Kala Parishat” being a state level organization having its office at Bengaluru is operating in this line. It has about 600 members and is struggling to carry out the art of Harikatha or Kathakirthana. Through the corroboration of this esteemed institution, Santa Bhadragiri Achyutadasa has given many performances, arranged a number of Kirthana festivals and conferences at Temples, Maths, an institution in various places with the help of donors. In this way, he was a veteran in spreading this art. It was his aim to build a society with moral values, divinity, social sense, promptness, courteousness, national integrity, and many other such good qualities. Finally, his aim was towards the building of a clean, beautiful healthy society.
Such a divine art has been deteriorating nowadays without responsive support. In this aspect, Akhila Karnataka Kirthana Kala Parishat is working hard. Though its financial position is not that satisfactory, it is struggling through it all means. Of now the government, Mathas, temples, public institutions, kind donors have to give proper encouragement to develop this art of Harikatha or Kathakirthana, so that our culture will sustain.
In this way all has to help to Akhila Karnataka Kirthana Kala Parishat to do its proposed projects. It is the priority of all to encourage such acts.