Hamsadhvani – Mudhras in Music compositions

June 2009

Mudhra offer an interesting study and vaggeyakaras have used different Mudhras by which we can identify their compositions. Mudhras meaning signature, is an important aspect of musical compositions in Karnatic music. Composers have incorporated many types of Mudhras like Vaggeyakara Mudhra, Raga Mudhra, Tala Mudhra etc. in their compositions. Each composer has used a distinct name as his Mudhra and this offers interesting study and also indicates to the rasika who the composer of a particular song is. Dr.Radha Bhaskar made an interesting presentation on this subject. She also demonstrated practically to show how the various Mudhras have been incorporated into compositions.