Annammacharya

annamacharya.jpgTaḷḷapāka Annamācārya (or Annamayya) (Telugu: తాళ్ళపాక అన్నమాచార్య; 22 May 1408 – 4 April 1503) was a 15th-century Hindu saint born to Lakkamamba and Narayana Suri, and is the earliest known Indian musician to compose songs called sankirtanas in praise of the god Venkateswara, a form of Vishnu.

In his later keertanas, he espouses subjects such as moralitydharma and righteousness. He was one of the first few who opposed the social stigma towards the untouchable castes in his era,[8] with his sankeertanas explaining that the relationship between God and human is the same irrespective of the latter’s color, caste and financial status, in his songs “Brahmaṃ Okkatē Paraḥbrahmamokkatē” and “ē kulajuḍainanēmi evvaḍainanēmi“. His prodigious literary career earned him a place among the all-time greats of Telugu literature.

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annamacharya

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