John Stratton Hawley, Professor at the Department of Religion, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, said on Tuesday that the bhakti movement in India was people’s movement.

Delivering a special lecture on “what should bhakthi movement be” at Mangalore University, he said that the bhakthi movement unfolded the cultural history of India. The Centre of Research on Kanakadasa at the university had organised the lecture, a release from the centre said.

Mr. Hawley said that languages assumed importance in bhakti movement,