Madhuvanti is a raga used in Indian classical music. It is a Hindustani music raga, which is reported to have been borrowed into Carnatic music and is structurally similar to Multani.
This Raga is based on Todi Thaat (Mode). It is a romantic raga based on the foundation, eternity and colors of love. Madhu literally means honey. It is a very sweet raga with a very simple philosophy of love and romance.
Raga Madhuvanti is a fairly recent melody. Earlier it was known as Raga Ambika. It is a sweet melodic combination with fair degree of freedom for development into an impressive mellifluous mood with wide public appeal. This is a playful Raga full of romantic, loving sentiments.
The nearest Raga is Raga Multani. Using Rishabh and Dhaivat Shuddha in Raga Multani, Raga Madhuvanti appears. While rendering Rishabh in Avroh, Shadj (Sa) is used as a Kan swar, particularly in Alaps like: M g SR S.
Madhuvanti is a popular raga. This raga has been used to compose many tukadas (short compositions sung towards end of Carnatic music concert). It has also been used in Indian movie songs and music as it lends itself to lilting melodies.