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Mandolin maestro Uppalapu Srinivas died

Sep 20, 2014 09:09 IST

Music Maestro Mandolin player Uppalapu Srinivas died on 19 September 2014 in Chennai. He died following a failed liver transplant at the age of 45. He is now survived by his father, mother, a sister and brother Rajesh, who is also a mandolin player.

He started performing at the early age of nine and as a child prodigy of Mandolin was a phenomenal player. He was known for fusing western instrument Mandolin with Carnatic music so as to render gamaka form of the music.

About Uppalapu Srinivas
• He was born in Palakol of Andhra Pradesh on 28 February 1969 and was the son of clarinet player Sathyanarayana.
• He was declared as the musician of the Tamil Nadu government at the age of 15 by late Chief Minister MG Ramachandran in 1984.
• As a musician he won several accolades that included Padma Shri (1998) and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (2010).
• He was also the recipient of the prestigious Sangeeta Ratna award.
• He was known for adapting the difficult western instrument to the Carnatic stage.
• His familiarity with cross over genres rendered a platform for merging his music with other traditional musical arts.
• He released Samjanitha in 2008 that featured Debashish Bhattacharya, John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, Sivamani, Vikku Vinaykram, Dominique Piazza George Brook, U Rajesh, Anil Srinivasan and others.
• He also recorded CD of Carnatic composition by Ilaiyataaja called Ilaiyaraaja's Classics in Mandolin.
• In his career as a mandolin musician, he also performed along with several international artists like Michael Brook, John McLaughlin, Trey Gunn and Nigel Kennedy.


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