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Bhakta Kanakadasa (1960)

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The spiritual journey of Kanakadasa, a poet and a philosopher belonging to the Dasa sect during the 16th century when the stone idol of Lord Krishna turns around as he's being punished for wanting to see the Lord's statue in Udupi.


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Credited cast:
Udaya Kumar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Krishna Kumari


Thimmappa Nayaka (Kanaka), who is the chieftain of a fort wishes to marry a beautiful lass, played by Krishnakumari, much to the chagrin of his opponent, Uday Kumar. In a riveting battle scene, Kanaka is on the verge of losing when Lord Krishna appears and asks him to surrender himself to divine grace. A man of high-temper, Kanaka refuses and continues on fighting. As fate would have it, he is mortally wounded and later healed by Sri Krishna. Surrendering himself to the divinity, Kanaka becomes a Dasa [servant] to the Lord. With his unflinching devotion and dedication, he gets the trust of a Guru. Inspired by his Guru to visit the historic Udupi Sri Krishna Temple, Kanaka reaches there, only to be denied entry because of his caste. He is charged with defying law and is punished. Hearing his cries and a swan song, Lord Krishna's stone idol turns around, the wall breaks down and offers Darshana to Kanaka. This leads to the formation of Kanakana Kindi. An awestruck society accepts him as... Written by Girish

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Won the National Award for Best Feature Film in the Kannada language in 1960. See more »


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