Soordas, the blind bard of Brij occupies a very eminent position in Hindi literature. He is considered the Valmiki of Brij (a dialect of Hindi), not only because he was the first poet to write in that dialect, but also because hes works have an epic stature.
Soordas was not only the poet, but also a great composer. His songs were so popular that he became a legend in his lifetime.If Brij is understood today from Rajasthan and Punjab in the West to Assam in the East, it is mainly due to Soordas songs. Many of these songs are even included in the Granth Sahab, the holy book of the Sikhs - a testimony to their popularity.
Though he is credited with the composition of 25 works, he probably wrote only seven. Of these, Soor-Sagar has a place fo pride, followed by Soor-Saravali and Sahitya Lahari. According to legend, Soor-Sagar consisted of a hundred thousand songs, though today only a few thousand of these are known and sung.
Soordas was a follower of the Pushti cult, founded by Vallabhacharya which considered Krishna as the supreme incarnation of God who could only be attained only through His grace. Like many other Vaishnavaite cults, the Pushtis also believed that all those who worship God belong to the same brotherhood, irrespective of their caste. Adoration for Krishna, Yashoda's and gopis'(the cowherd girls) The intense love of Radha for him, and the alliance of the latter with the gopis formed the theme of most of his songs.