Ramananda was first Bhakti saint and founder of Bhakti Movement of northern India. He preached in Hindi, the language of the masses. Kabir was a disciple of Ramananda.
Ramananda 12 disciples included Anantananda, Sursurananda, Sukhanand, Naraharidāsa, Bhavanand, Bhagat Pipa, Kabir, Sen, Dhanna, Ravidas and two women disciplesviz. Sursuri and Padyawati. Among them, Kabir was most radical and adopted non-conformist stand later on.