(16th century ce)
A Kannada bhakti poet and devotee of Viṭṭhala/Kṛṣṇa. Born into a low caste Karnataka family, like his contemporary, Purandaradāsa, he was a follower of the Haridāsakūṭa. Little is known of his life, but a well-known legend tells how the strength of his devotion caused the image of Kṛṣṇa in the temple at Udipi (Karnataka) to turn on its axis from East to West to allow Kanakadāsa to take darśana through a chink in the wall. (He had been excluded from entry because of his low caste.) He composed numerous songs, as well as longer poetic works, including a popular Kannada version of the story of Nala.