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Mandolin Srinivas dead at 45

Renowned Mandolin exponent Uppalapu Srinivas passed away at a private hospital here today after a prolonged illness, hospital sources said.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai |
Updated: September 19, 2014 1:12:41 pm
Srinivas (45), popularly known as 'Mandolin Srinivas', is a renowned mandolin player of South Indian Carnatic music. Srinivas (45), popularly known as ‘Mandolin Srinivas’, is a renowned mandolin player of South Indian Carnatic music.

Mandolin U. Shrinivas, the legendary musician who mastered the instrument Mandolin as a child prodigy, died in Chennai on Friday morning. He was 45. Srinivas was admitted to a city hospital for liver transplantation, sources close to his family said.

He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2010.

Son of Mandolin artist Satyanarayana from Palakol in Andhra Pradesh, it was Srinivas who succesfully adapted Madolin, an electric instrument belonging to western music genre to the Carnatic music. It had been hailed it as a stimulating challenge to instrument artists.

His contribution in this regard, by using and popularising Mandolin in the carnatic stage was considered as a significant milestone after a similar feat by the Violin, another western instrument.

He is survived by his father and brother U Rajesh, also an accomplished Mandolin artist.
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