Posted by: Abhay | December 11, 2010

Sant Shishunala Sharif

Shishunala Sharif (1819-1889) was a saint poet, philosopher and social reformer from the state of Karnataka in India.His compositions of tatvapada(moral poems) are in Kannada language. Sharif is recognized as the first ever Muslim poet in Kannada literature.

As a child, Shishunala Sharif was a very charming and intelligent. After completing his studies, he worked as a school teacher for a while, before taking up the spiritual search. He found a great Guru in Shri Kalasada Guru Govinda Bhatta. They both shared a very cordial relationship and often engaged in intriguing spiritual discussions.

Though, a Muslim by birth, Shishunala Sharif believed in Hinduism too, also bringing in the communal harmony. In his birth place Shishuvinahala, even today both Hindus and Muslims can be seen worshipping him at the same temple.

Shishunala Sharif was known to compose poems as per the situation and sing them to spread the messages across. Though, he never penned down his compositions, from the word of mouth quite a few them have been passed on to the next generations.

One such famous song can be found here:-


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