Child prodigy and well-known mandolin player Uppalapu Srinivas, popularly in the world of music and to connoiseurs as Mandolin Shrinivas died here today in a private hospital due to illness. He was 45.
Srinivas was admitted to a private hospital here recently for treatment of a liver ailment. He breathed his last this morning at about 0930 hrs, hospital officials said. As a six-year-old boy Srinivas used play his father Satyanarayana’s mandolin.
His brother U Rajesh is also a noted mandolin player. Srinivas was honoured with Padma Sree by the Indian government in 1988. Srinivas who achieved world renown and fame in Carnatic music world, had given his first public performance in 1978 in Andhra Pradesh.
Three years later he performed at the prestigious Madras Music Season for the Indian Fine Arts Society. Then began his globe trotting concerts mesmerising classical music lovers with his talent. a high point in his careers was his 1983 performance at the JazzFest Berlin.Later, toured Canada, Australia and a few other countries.
Srinivas had also given performances with Western artists like Michael Brook, John McLaughlin, Nigel Kennedy, Trey Gunn, Michael Nyman and others demonstrating what has become populaarly known as fusion music. He has also performed with Hindustani musicians like Hariprasad Chaurasia and Zakir Hussain.
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