Kanakadasa Jayanti is an annual festival celebrated in Karnataka as the birth anniversary of Bhakta Kanakadasa, a 16th century Saint-poet. In 2014, Kanakadasa’s 520th Jayanti utsavams will be held in Karnataka on November 20th.
It is a festival cerebrated by people of Karnataka in general and Kuruba Gowda community in particular.
In tribute to the great saint, the government of Karnataka has declared November 20 as a state holiday. All the government offices, schools and colleges around the state celebrate the birth anniversary of Shri Kanaka Dasa as a tribute to one of the great social reformers of Karnataka. The 519th anniversary was celebrated in 2013.
Kanaka Dasaru (1509-1609) was a poet, philosopher, musician and composer from modern Karnataka. He is known for his Kirtanes and Ugabhoga compositions in the Kannada language for Carnatic music. Like some other Dasas, he often used colloquial language for his compositions. He was a disciple of Vyasathirtha and a follower of Dwaita philosophy propounded by Madhvacharya.