Sant Surdas was a great poet and musician of the 15th century who dedicated his songs to the childhood of Lord Krishna in his magnum opus the 'Sur Sagar' (Ocean of Melody). As a writer he credits his commitments to Vatsalya Ras.
The life cycle of the Surdas is full of unverified facts. The historians don’t have single opinion on his date of birth, place of birth, death of birth and even about his blindness as well.
According to historians Sant Surdas was born on 1478 C.E. in village Sihi, Faridabad, Haryana while some claim that he was born at Runkta near Agra (UP). Surdas was born to a Sraswat Brahaman family and the name of his father was Ramdas.
The birth anniversary of Sant Surdas is observed as per Hindu lunar calendar and falls on Shukla Paksha, Panchami in Vaishakha month or usually in the month of May.
Was Surdas blind?
It is said that Surdas was blind by birth that is why he was abandoned by his family, forcing him to leave his home at the age of six and live on the bank of Yamuna River. Surdas started praising Lord Krishna at a very young age.
But his blindness is also not verified because the kind of poetry he had written, the description of the goat, cow and green fields and Lord Krishna creates a doubt about his eyesight in the mind of the many.
Surdas as a Poet
He is known for his literary skills and he is famous for his poems and songs. As a poet he has great contributions to Vatsalya Ras. Majorly, he used to write in the language of “Braj” which is considered as the native language of Vrindavan.
Surdas is said to have written and composed 10 thousand songs in his magnum opus the 'Sur Sagar' (Ocean of Melody), out of which only about 8,000 do exist.
Surdas’s music and poetry attracted many appreciators and Great Mughal Emperor Akbar was one of them. Surdas spent the last years of his life in Braj and survived on the begging’s.
The historians don't have single opinion on the death of the Surdas ji as in the case of his date of birth. But his death is considered between 1561 and 1584.
So it can be concluded that the Saint Surdas was a great poet of his time. If it is proved that he was a blind man then it makes him greatest poet because how can a blind man give such a splendid description in his poems through his imaginations only?