Shivamogga: To end the speculation about the birth place of Purandara Dasa, the State govt. had directed Karnataka university, Hampi, to form an expert committee formed by the university comprised R.K Padmanabha, music expert Leeladevi R.Prasad, former Minister of Kannada and Culture; A.V.Navada,Veeranna Rajoora, Aralumallige Parthasarathy and Shivanand Virakthamutt, experts in Kannada Bhakti Sahitya.
Purandara Dasa ‘s Shivamogga connection
History claims Purandara Dasa was born in Purandharagad , Maharashtra. However, Malnad people caim that he hailed from this region. According to historians, Araga in Malnad was a buzzing commercial centre during the Vijayanagar rule. The people say the poet belongs to this period. Reffering to the names of the places in the vicinity of Keshavapura – Vatrhepura,Vithalanagudi, Dasanagudde inhibited by Vaishnava Community to which Purandara Dasa belonged. PurandaraDasa penned his composition by the pen name ‘ Purandara Vithala’.