Mandolin maestro U. Shrinivas passes away; he lived in Vadapalani

MANDOLIN-U-SHRINIVASThe Vadapalani neighbourhood of Kumaran Colony seemed to know little about a man called Mandolin Shrinivas though he was an internationally known musician and a prodigy in Carnatic music. So when news set in on Friday morning that this famous resident of Venkateswara Street had died in a city hospital after his organs failed following a surgery few people even knew where the maestro resided when media men began looking for the address.

Only a watchman stood at the gate and there was no news of the funeral plans even by noontime. At about 3 p.m. the hearse arrived, followed by a number of people who knew this artiste who died at 45.

More famnous names filed in to pay their respects to some one who went on stage with a western instrument at the age of 9, mastered the Carnatic music on the mandolin soon enough to be hailed as a prodigy. Mandolin Shrinivas rose to fame in India and went on to collaborate with world musicians too – he travelled much so you may forgive his neighbors for not knowing who he was.

But Shrinivas always played the first concert at the local Sri Vinayaka Temple at festival time.

Shrinivas kept a low profile and when at home either took lessons for his students or relaxed a bit; he got a divorce some years ago and had a son.

From Ilayaraaja to Sivamani, Shanker Mahadevan to Hariharan, the top people in the music world paid their respects before the funeral was held on Saturday noon at the Besant Nagar crematorium.


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