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Mandoline Maestro U Shrinivas (Chennai) passed away this morning at the age of 45…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 19, 2014

Renowned musician Mandolin U Srinivas passes away at 45

Srinivas performing in Pune, January 2009 (Source:

Srinivas performing in Pune, January 2009 (Source:

Chennai: The renowned musician Mandolin U Srinivas passed away in Chennai on Friday morning. He was just 45 years old. U Srinivas was popularly known as Mandolin U Srinivas. Shrinivas played an electric mandolin and had collaborated with the world renowned musicians like John McLaughlin, Michael Nyman, and Michael Brook. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998 at a very young age of just 29. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2010.

Shrinivas was born on February 28, 1969, in Palakol in Andhra Pradesh. At the age of six he picked up his father Satyanarayana’s mandolin. Upon realising the talent of his son, his father started teaching him. Soon, Satyanarayana’s guru, Rudraraju Subbaraju, realized the potential of U. Shrinivas and started teaching him. Since Rudraraju Subbaraju did not know how to play the mandolin he would just sing and U. Shrinivas would play it on the mandolin. His brother U. Rajesh is also an accomplished mandolin player.

U. Shrinivas made his first public Carnatic concert performance in 1978 in Gudivada, Andhra Pradesh, during the Thyagaraja Aradhana festival. Soon, he came to perform in the Madras Music Season in 1981 for the Indian Fine Arts Society. In 1983, he performed at the JazzFest Berlin where the audience requested him to do a repeat performance.

He continued touring the world-Australia, Southeast Asia and then Southwest Asia, followed by the United States and Canada.

(Source: Sep 19, 2014 at 10:40am IST- IBNLive)


Mandolin Shrinivas, the child prodigy, is no more


Srinivas performing in Germany, 2001 (Source:

Srinivas performing in Germany, 2001 (Source:

U. Shrinivas, who cast a spell on audiences with his Western instrument, the mandolin, died here on Friday. He was only 45.

Mandolin Shrinivas, as he came to be known, had been ailing for a while. He reportedly was being treated for liver failure at the Apollo Hospital. He had lately received a liver transplant.

Born in Palakol in Andhra Pradesh, Shrinivas started playing the instrument used by his father Sathyanarayana. He quickly mastered it and his skills were further honed by his father’s guru Rudraraju Subburaju, who was a vocalist.

As Chennai is the capital of Carnatic Music, his family settled here and he was promoted by late mridhangam player P. Updendran and his uncle, late thavil maestro Valangaiman Shanmugasundaram.

As a child prodigy, a permanent smile on his face and with joy apparent while playing his instrument, he created waves in the Carnatic music world.

His concerts with the accompaniment of thavil captured the imagination of connoisseurs of Carnatic music. He instantly caught the attention of late Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran, who declared him the musician of the Tamil Nadu Government when he was just 11 yeas old.

“After listening to him play in a temple, I recorded him for the Doordarshan. The audition test was attended by great musicians such as Emani Sankara Shastry. When we telecast the programme, we received a call from the then Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran, requesting a copy of the recording and his address,” said Sampath Kumar, who worked for both the All India Radio and Doordharsan.

Humility personified

Srinivas, humility personified, always gratefully acknowledged the contribution made by others towards his career.

“I am still not able to understand how he was able to produce ghamakas in a Western instrument,” said Mr. Sampath kumar, who also produced a documentary on Shrinivas.

Recalling his association with MGR, Shrinivas once told The Hindu that since he did not have a telephone, the Chief Minister’s secretaries visited his house.

“The Chief Minister’s secretaries visited my house and wanted to know whether I could perform at a function. Since I had a concert on the same day, they gave me another date and the occasion — a felicitation function for actor Kamal Hassan for his role in the film ‘ Ek duje ke liye’ . Mr. MGR and our present Chief Minister Jayalalithaa listened to the entire concert,” Shrinivas told The Hindu.

At one concert, T.N. Seshagopalan, moved by his music, presented a gold ring to Shrinivas.

Shrinivas joins late N.C. Vasanthakokilam, Karukurichi Arunachalam and Needamangalam Shanmugavadivel, who left the world when they were in the 40s and at the peak of their career.

(Source: September 19, 2014 13:29 IST | The Hindu – News | National)

Relates News…

Concerts from “Parvathi”, Mysore with prodigy Vidwan U. Srinivas…

Fully Concert (Jazz in Vienna) with Shakti (John Mclaughlin, U Srinivas, Zakir Hussain, V Selvaganesh, Mahadevan)


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