Child prodigy-turned-master musician Mandolin Shrinivas is no more. He dies following a a failed liver transplant operation. Uppalapu Shrinivas had an uncanny interest in his father mandolin at a very young age and stormed the Carnatic music scene with his first performance in 1978 and the rest is history. So impressive wsa his talent so that he was named Mandolin Shrinivas in recognition of his exceptional musical genius.
Shrinivas impressed the pundits and lay audience alike and was a recipient of the Padma Shri and the Sangeet Natak Akademi award. Apart from traditional Carnatic concerts, he was a favourite with other global artistes like John McLaughlin, Michael Nyman and Michael Brook. His familiarity with crossover genres made him an automatic choice. He distinguished himself in collaborations with Zakir Hussain, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Sivamani, Vikku Vinaykram and Dominique Piazza. RIP.