Haridāsa, Svāmi

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Haridāsa, Svāmi literally means ‘servant of Hari or Viṣṇu’.

Many great musicians of India of the ancient and the medieval periods were saints. Music was a mode of sādhanā (spiritual practice) and an aspect of Bhaktiyoga to them. One such musician-saint was Svāmī Haridāsa (16th century) who was the guru or teacher of Tānsen, the famous court-musician of Akbar (A. D. 1556-1605).

Not much is known about him. He belonged to the Nimbārka school of Vaiṣṇavism and lived mostly in Vṛndāban. Some devotional songs composed by him are still extant.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore