Surdas was a blind poet who sang about the childhood of Lord Krishna. He sang bhajans in very easy and simple language and the contents were short stories from the life of Lord Krishna. With his collection of poetry and important work he helped in the spread of Bhakti Movement in the country. Surdas jayanti is the commemoration of the birth of Surdas.
- It is a very important thing that there is no clue of Surdas’ date of birth and death. Though, some are of the opinion that he was born in 1479 AD and died in 1586.
- Surdas' poetry was an accent of Hindi language and Brij Bhasha. Later on it was considered to be a very common language, as the prevailing literary languages at that time were either Sanskrit or Persian. The works of Surdas improved the standard of Brij Bhasha from a primitive language to that of a formal language of great repute.
- Surdas became the proponent of the Shuddhadvaita school of Vaishnavism which was also known as Pushti Marg as he received the training from his spiritual Guru. The philosophy of which he was a proponent was based upon the spiritual metaphor of Lord Krishna and his divine beloved Radha and their Raslila. It disseminates the path of Grace of God rather than of merging in Him, which is an elongation of the belief of the saints in the first place like Kabir Das.
- Apart from the massive formal work Surdas is also noted for other works like Sur-Saravali and Sahitya-Lahiri.
- Surdas was so absorbed in the devotion of Lord Krishna that when his poems are read it is felt that the presence of Lord Krishna having a direct knowledge of his childhood. Some of his poems are noted for its moral values and the philosophical teachings which are applicable for all situations and ages.