Mudhra Bhaskar – Founder

mudhra_award_winMudhra Bhaskar is a rare combination of a cultural organizer, mrudangist, designer and printer. As the founder secretary of the organization Mudhra (the only full fledged sabha run by a musician), he has created a sensation among cultural organizations within a short span of time by introducing thought provoking, novel and innovative projects in the field of Carnatic music.

Mudhra which was started in 1995 by Bhaskar with a motto to blend entertainment and education in fine arts, has indeed become a cultural movement. Bhaskar has been a pioneer in reviving the traditional four hour concert and also introduced several novel concepts in music. Mudhra’s December Fine arts festival which now spans about 35 days, features top artists and offers a colourful spectrum of events. Bhaskar has organized several One Day Seminars on various interesting and educative topics. He along with his wife Dr.Radha Bhaskar has devised a very unique “Music Appreciation Programme” where in a methodical manner, rasikas are enlightened about the nuances of the Karnatic music system. This programme has been much appreciated and rasikas have attended them in large numbers.

Every year, Bhaskar brings out the much acclaimed Music Planner – cum Directory containing complete database of musicians and music related personalities all over the globe. Bhaskar is also the Associate Editor of the widely popular fine arts magazine Samudhra, which is creatively designed and printed by him.

As a mrudangam artist, Bhaskar has been in the field for the past 30 years and has been accompanying several leading vidhwans. He has won the best mridangist award from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in the year 1990. In his academic pursuit, Bhaskar has also completed a Master’s Degree in Rhythmology.

Some titles received by Bhaskar for his service to fine arts are Kala Seva Bharathi (Bharat Kalachar), Sabha Bhushan (Bhairavi Gana Sabha) Sangeetha Kala Seva Rathna (Sri Ragam Fine Arts) & Kalasevak (Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust), laya Vidhyadhara ( Irai Pani Mandram), Best organizer award from Kartik Fine Arts and Mylapore Academy for his outstanding service to fine arts, MGR Excellence Award 2011 (Radhu’s Cultural Academy), A.R.Kannan Memorial Award ( Sri Purandaradasar. Trust).