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Mandolin Srinivas


As he is known, started early. He happened to pick up his father's mandolin when he was about six years of age and started to play. His father, Shri. U. Satyanarayana, observing the potential in his son, started to teach him all that he knew. The father's guru, Shri. Rudraraju Subbaraju, a disciple of the late Sangeetha Kalanidhi Chembai Shri. Vaidhyanatha Bhagavathar, wished to teach him, although he was not well versed in the mandolin. However, the guru would sing and the boy would duplicate the notes on the mandolin, perfecting the playing to an extent to acquire a style of his own. Thus, as inconspicuous member of the western orchestra, the mandolin, received a respectable status in classical Carnatic music.

Shri. Shrinivas further trained under Shri. Vasu Rao. Endless hours of practice coupled with an undying passion for the instrument has made him the master he is today. After his first performance at age nine in Gudivada in Andhra Pradesh, he has travelled the globe several times. His continues to enthrall the western audience with many fusion concerts with western ensembles. Awards and accolades have been showered on him.