Renowned Mandolin exponent Uppalapu Srinivas passed away at a private hospital on 19 September, 2014 after a prolonged illness. Srinivas (45), popularly known as ‘Mandolin Srinivas’, is a renowned mandolin player of South Indian Carnatic music. He was being treated for a liver related illness.
“He was pronounced dead at 10.00 am,” an Apollo hospital spokesperson said.
Srinivas, who used to play an electric mandolin, had collaborated with several global artistes including John McLaughlin and Michael Nyman.
He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2010. He is a recipient of numerous other awards.
He was a follower and devotee of Sri Sathya Sai Baba and had also performed before him on several occasions.
Several eminent personalities including music composer A R Rahman condoled Srinivas’s death.
“Emotionally shaken to hear of Carnatic shining star Mandolin Shrinivasji’s demise… May God bless him with happiness in the next world,” Rahman added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled his death and recalled the maestro’s long-standing contribution to music.
“The Prime Minister expressed grief on the passing away of renowned musician Shri Uppalapu Shrinivas,” his official Twitter handle, @PMOIndia said.
“The PM recalled the Mandolin Maestro’s dedication & long-standing contribution towards music & added that he will always be remembered,” another tweet said.