Surdas, a 14th-century saint-poet, who was known for his devotional songs dedicated to Lord Krishna. Surdas Jayanti is the birth anniversary of the Sri Krishna Bhakta. In 2018, Surdas Jayanti date is 20 April. According to some historians, Surdas was born on Shukla Paksha Panchami in Vaishakh Month in North Indian traditional calendar.
Surdas was a 14th-century blind saint, poet and musician, who was known for his devotional songs dedicated to Lord krishna… Surdas is said to have written and composed a hundred thousand songs in his book i.e. ‘The Sur Sagar’ (Ocean of Melody), out of which only about 8,000 are extant. He is considered a saguna bhakti poet and so also known as Sant Surdas, a name which literally means the “servant of melody or expert of melody.
There is some disagreement regarding the exact birth date of Surdas, some scholars believing it to be 1478 AD, with others claiming it to be 1479 AD. It is the same in the case of the year of his death; it is considered to be either 1581 AD or 1584 AD.
According to the limited authentic life history of Surdas, it is said that he was born in 1478/79 in the village Sihi of Faridabad (Haryana), although some say it was Runkta near Agra. He was born in a Saraswat Brahmin family. His father’s name was Pandit Ramdas Sarswat. He started praising Lord Krishna when he was young. Surdas was born blind and because of this, he was neglected by his family. As a result, he left his home at the age of six. He started living on the banks of Yamuna river (Gaughat).
Once, on a pilgrimage to Vrindavan, he met Shri Vallabhacharya & became his disciple. He died in 1583/1584 near Parsouli village in Mathura.
(Source – Wikipedia).