Surdas was a mystic, poet and bard of 16th century India. An ocean of melody sprang from his inner divine vision, of his Lord, Krishna. His songs are still sung across India today.
Here is Surdas’ song in Hindi, Deenan Dukh Haran Dev, sung by Jagjit Singh. A song in praise, of the One who wipes out the suffering of the poor and uplifts the people.
deenan dukh haran dev santan hitakaari
ajaamil gidh byaadh inamein kah kaun saadh
panchhi ko pada padhaat ganikaasi taari
dhruv ke sar chhatra det prahlaad ko ubaar let
bhakt het baandhyo set lankapuri jaari
tandul det rijh jaat saag paat son aghaat
ginat nahin juuthe phal khaate mithe khaari
itane hari aaye gaye basanan aaruudh bhaye
suuradaas dvaare khado aandharo bhikaari
Here’s the same song rendered in the Carnatic style, by P Unnikrishnan.
Girija Devi sings Surdas' bhajan, Jamuna Teer, accompanied by Ronu Majumdar on the bansuri.
Hear Surdas' songs online here.