27 July 2015
Swami Haridas 19.9.1985
Swami Haridas was a spiritual poet and classical musician. Credited with a large body of devotional compositions, especially in the Dhrupad style, he is also the founder of the Haridasi school of mysticism, still found today in North India. His work influenced both the classical music and the Bhakti movements of North India, especially those devoted to Krishna's consort Radha. Hit Harivansh Mahaprabhu, Hariram Vyas, Rupa Goswami, Sanatana Goswami, Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya, Vitthalnath (Gusainji), and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu were his contemporaries.
He had many pupils, Tansen being one of them.
The multi colour stamp of 100 P denomination shows Swami Haridas with his Kopeen, Kantha and Karua against trees of Nidhivan. The First Day Cover illustration is adopted from a miniature painting showing Emperor Akbar and Tansen with Swami Haridas.