DDB Mudra

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DDB Mudra Group
Full- service, integrated marketing communication agency
IndustryIntegrated marketing communication, advertising
Founded25 March 1980
Key people
Aditya Kanthy: Group CEO and MD, DDB Mudra Group

Rahul Mathew: National Creative Director, DDB Mudra Group

Anurag Bansal: Chief Financial Officer, DDB Mudra Group

Rajiv Sabnis: Executive Director, DDB Mudra Group

Ranji Cherian: President and Managing Partner, DDB Mudra South

Rita Verma: Executive Vice President & Head – HR, DDB Mudra Group

Sathyamurthy N P: Executive Director – DDB Mudra Group & President, OMD MudraMax

The DDB Mudra Group, a part of the DDB Worldwide Communications Group, is India's first and largest integrated marketing communications and services network. DDB Worldwide is owned by Omnicom Group Inc, one of the world's largest advertising holding companies.It was earlier known as Mudra Communications Limited and Mudra India. It also started Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad which is considered India's first academic institution dedicated to communications and advertising studies.[1] In 2011, Mudra group was acquired by Omnicom Group, subsequently rebranded as DDB Mudra group and merged with DDB Worldwide.[2][3] As an advertising agency it is credited with handling successful campaigns of brands and products such as Castrol, Dabur, Future Group, Gulf Oil, and Volkswagen.


Mudra Ahmedabad was founded by A.G Krishnamurthy on 25 March 1980 as an offshoot of Reliance Industries' advertising division. Initially it had only 15 employees, 500 sq.ft space and Rs 40,000 as startup capital. Its first client was Vimal. 25 March is still celebrated across all Mudra offices as Mudra Day. In 1982, it picked up another client Rasna.[4]

In 1990, Mudra signed a collaboration agreement with DDB Needham Worldwide. In 2011, ADA Reliance decided to sell majority of stocks to Omnicom, parent of DDB.[5]


The DDB Mudra Group's clients include Aircel, Arvind Stores, Akai, Ashok Leyland, Asian Paints, BPCL, Bank of Baroda, Baxter, Castrol, Cipla, Colgate,Cycle Pure Agarbathies, Dabur, Emirates, Emami, Federal Bank, Future Group, Gillette India, Godrej, Gulf Oil, HDFC Bank, HPCL, Hindustan Unilever, HP, HUL, IDBI Bank Group, ITC, Jaypee, Jyothy Laboratories - Henkel, ICICI Prudential Mutual Funds, Idea Cellular, Johnson & Johnson, Kalyan Silks, LIC, Lavasa, L&T, McDonald's, MSD, Malayala Manorama, Mother Dairy, Nestle, Nirmal Lifestyle, Novartis, PepsiCo, Peter England, Philips Healthcare, Policybazaar.com, Reebok, Rotomac, Sab Miller, Shell, Star India, Standard Chartered Bank, Symphony, Tata Communications, Tourism Australia, TTK Prestige, UNICEF, Union Bank of India, United Spirits, Videocon, Volkswagen, Western Union, World Gold Council, Worldwide Media, Wipro, Wrigley, YOU Broadband and Zydus.

Notable campaigns[edit]

DDB Mudra's first campaign was the launch of apparel and textile brand Vimal with tagline 'Only Vimal'. Its second notable campaign was the launch of soft drink concentrate Rasna with tagline 'I love you Rasna' in 1983. In 1986, Rasna became India's largest selling soft drink concentrate. in 1998 Mudra positioned Peter England apparel brand as 'The Honest Shirt' helping achieve sales of 2 million shirts. It also coined the baseline for LIC, 'Zindagi ke saath bhi, zindagi ke baad bhi'which continues to be used till today.


  1. ^ Sengupta, Subroto (2005). Brand positioning : strategies for competitive advantage (2. ed.). New Delhi [u.a.]: McGraw-Hill. p. 255. ISBN 978-0-07-058159-3.
  2. ^ "DDB Mudra Group unveils new avatar". Exchange4media.com. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  3. ^ Gupte, Masoom (29 Feb 2012). "Mudra starts new innings". Business Standard. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  4. ^ Krishnamurthy, A G. If You can Dream: Autobiography of the Founder of Mudra and MICA. Tata McGraw-Hill Education.
  5. ^ "Mudra sold to global giant Omnicom". Business Standard. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2018.

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