Mudhras in Music Compositions

March 2005

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 for Rajalakshmi Fine Arts, Coimbatore on 20th February 2005 by taking a gamut of composers. She also demonstrated practically to show how the various Mudhras have been incorporated into compositions. This programme was well received by the rasikas of Coimbatore.

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