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Mandolin Srinivas Dies At 45: AR Rahman Condoles His Death

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    Mandolin Srinivas, whose real name is Uppalapu Srinivas, died of liver failure this morning (Friday, September 19, 2014). The 45-year-old musician was reportedly admitted to a private hospital. He was said to be undergoing treatment of liver transplant, when he breathed his last.

    Born February 28, 1969, in Palakol in Andhra Pradesh, Srinivas started practicing mandolin at the age of six and his father Satyanarayana, who learned about his son's talent and interest started teaching him. While his dad's guru Rudraraju Subbaraju sang song, Srinivas used to play the mandolin. His brother U Rajesh is also an accomplished mandolin player.

    Over a period of time, Srinivas mastered and skills of playing mandolin and become a prominent player of the Carnatic musical tradition of Southern India. Having played an electric mandolin, he collaborated with John McLaughlin, Michael Nyman and Michael Brook. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2010. He was a follower and devotee of Sri Sathya Sai Baba and has also performed before him on several occasions.

    Young actor Rahul Ravindran, who is shocked to hear the news about Srinivas' death, tweeted, "Mandolin Srinivas no more????? How?? He was only 45! Pride of Andhra and T.N.. Shocking.. True genius. Everyone in my family is a huge fan. His tapes would be playing at home when I was a kid.1 of those legends whose work ensured that I developed good taste in music.Magician. RIP"

    Mandolin Srinivas' sudden death has shocked many in the Telugu film industry. Many Tollywood stars took to their Twitter pages to share their shock and sadness. Continue to red their comments in the slideshow.

    AR Rahman

    Emotionally shaken to hear of Carnatic shining star Mandolin Shrinivasji's demise... May God bless him with happiness in the next world...

    Musician SS Thaman

    Shocked and deeply saddened about the mandolin maestro U. Shrinivas passing away - may his soul rest in peace

    Harris Jayaraj

    R I P "The Great Mandolin Srinivasan" who has inspired not only me but many youngsters to take music seriously during their childhood.

    Zakir Hussain ‏@ZakirHtabla

    Today mother India cries, today a part of Indian music died and we are orphaned, RIP my dear brother Mandolin Srinivas


    Just heard that Mandolin Srinivas passed away. Great musician. Child prodigy. Gone too soon. RIP When we were kids Mandolin Srinivas was considered the Golden child. Grew up listening to the genius. Sad day.. #MandolinSrinivas #RIP

    J Sam Daniel Stalin

    Renowned mandolin player Mandolin Srinivas passes away in Chennai. A Padma Shree, he was 45, suffered from liver problem.

    Sreedhar Pillai

    RIP #MandolinSrinivas (45), truly a legend. Sad that he passed away at such a young age.

    Sangeetha Devi

    Shocking news about mandolin Srinivas. Gone too soon.

    Shiv Aroor

    Mandolin Srinivas passes away. Truly tragic. Grew up watching his recitals in Madras. He was just 45. RIP.


    Srinivas was the first person to use mandolin in Carnatic music. He modified the instrument to suit the Carnatic pitch and raga.

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