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Mandolin maestro U Srinivas dies at 45

Renowned mandolin exponent Uppalapu Srinivas, aged only 45, passed away Friday at a private hospital in Chennai after a prolonged illness.

The musician, 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.

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 said.

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