“The man of Mandolin” U Shrinivas no more

RSTV Bureau

mandolian_srinivasThe Great Carnatic musician and Mandolin wonder boy U. Shrinivas died at a hospital in Chennai on Friday morning following a liver failure.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday condoled the death of carnatic musician U. Srinivas and recalled the mandolin maestro’s long-lasting contribution to music.

“The Prime Minister expressed grief on the passing away of renowned musician Shri Uppalapu Shrinivas,” his official Twitter handle, @PMOIndia said.

As a child prodigy, he made his debut in 1978, and came to be popularly known as Mandolin Shrinivas.

Shrinivas then took the instrument not just to stages across the state but across the country and globe. Over the next four decades, he toured across the world, and collaborated with John McLaughlin, Michael Nyman, and Michael Brook.

He was the first musician to use electric mandolin in Carnatic music, he even modified a difficult electric western instrument, using five strings instead of traditional eight, to suit the Carnatic pitch, raga system, and especially gamakas, and nuanced oscillations.

After initial reluctance, he found wide acceptance and critical acclaim in the coming decades. Soon, he started performing regularly during December season of prestigious Madras Music Academy.

Shrinivas was the recipient of the Padma Shri in 1998 for his contribution to the arts.