Superstar Rajinikanth, who is known to be a religious person and had donned the role of Hindu saint Raghavendra in his 100th film titled "Sri Raghavendra", has now appeared in the avatar of a well known carnatic music composer.

The south Indian superstar has appeared in the avatar of Purandara Dasa, one of the most prominent composers of Carnatic music and regarded as the grandfather of this genre of music. Interestingly, the superstar is not playing the role of the composer, but is seen in a portrait created by an artist from Bengaluru. [To look at the portrait, click here]

Sri Purandara Dasa International Trust, headed by Mohan Kumar, organised a Guru Vandana programme in a bid to honour those who have contributed to carnatic music. Mohan wanted to felicitate Rajinikanth during the occasion but the actor could not attend the event due to his busy schedule. He instead sent his close friend Rao Bahadur to receive the honour on his behalf.

Chief guest Ananda Teerthachar, a member from the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam Trust, honoured Bahadur and gave the portrait, an oil painting which shows Rajini in the avatar of Purandara Dasa. The actor's relative Gopinath Rao was also present at the event.

Speaking on the occasion, Rao Bahadur said, "Rajinikanth is not just an actor, he is a very religious person. I am impressed with the Purandara Dasaru avatar of our superstar and it is a treat to see him in such a way after having seen him in many colourful outfits," according to Deccan Chronicle. Bahadur also said that he was only "representing him. All this honour should go to him. I will send this gift to him and also suggest that he do a film on Purandara Dasaru."

Rajinikanth is currently working on his upcoming film "Kochadaiyaan", which is deemed as India's first 3D motion capturing technology film. The epic drama film, directed by Soundarya Rajini, is expected to get released for Diwali.