Abu'l Fazl placed the artist Dasavanta third in importance after Mir Sayyid 'Ali and 'Abd al-Samad in his listing of the eminent artists of the royal atelier:
"Then there was Daswant, the son of a palanquin-bearer (kahar), who was in the service of this workshop and, urged by a natural desire, used to draw images and designs on walls. One day the far-reaching glance of His Majesty fell on those things and, in its penetrating manner, discerned the spirit of a master working in them. Consequently, His Majesty entrusted him to the Khwaja. In just a short time he became matchless in his time and the most excellent (sar-amad-i ruzgar), but the darkness of insanity enshrouded the brilliance of his mind and he died, a suicide. He has left several masterpieces." (Revised translation of the A'in-i Akbari by Prof. C.M. Naim, text, I, pp.116-8, quoted in Das et al 1998, p.53).
Dasavanta worked on the Cleveland Tutinama, the Hamzanama, the Tarikh-i Khandan-i Timuriyya in the Khuda Bakhsh Library, Patna, the Jaipur Razmnama and possibly the 1570 Anwar-i Suhayli (SOAS Library, London). For discussions of his life and work see Das 1998, pp.52-67 and Seyller 2002, p.48, fig.17, pp.51-52. See also, Beach 1982, pp.121-133.
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