U. Srinivas

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U. Shrinivas
U. Srinivas 2009.jpg
Shrinivas performing in Pune, January 2009
Background information
Born (1969-02-28) February 28, 1969 (age 45)
Palakol, West Godavari Dist, Andhra Pradesh, India
Origin Andhra Pradesh, India
Genres Indian classical music
Occupations Musician
Instruments mandolin
Website Official website

Uppalapu Shrinivas (Telugu: ఉప్పలపు శ్రీనివాస్), (born February 28, 1969) is an Indian mandolin player of the Carnatic musical tradition of Southern India.[1] Shrinivas plays an electric mandolin and has collaborated with John McLaughlin, Michael Nyman, and Michael Brook.[2] He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2010.[3][4] He is a follower and devotee of Sri Sathya Sai Baba and has also performed before him on several occasions.

Early life[edit]

Shrinivas was born February 28, 1969, in Palakol in Andhra Pradesh.[5] At the age of six he picked up his father Satyanarayana's mandolin. Upon realising the talent of his son, his father started teaching him. Soon, Satyanarayana's guru, Rudraraju Subbaraju, realized the potential of U. Shrinivas and started teaching him. Since Rudraraju Subbaraju did not know how to play the mandolin he would just sing and U. Shrinivas would play it on the mandolin. His brother U. Rajesh is also an accomplished mandolin player.

Performing career[edit]

U. Shrinivas made his first public Carnatic concert performance in 1978 in Gudivada, Andhra Pradesh, during the Thyagaraja Aradhana festival. Soon, he came to perform in the Madras Music Season in 1981 for the Indian Fine Arts Society. In 1983, he performed at the JazzFest Berlin where the audience requested him to do a repeat performance.

He continued touring the world—Australia, Southeast Asia and then Southwest Asia, followed by the United States and Canada.

Jazz tours[edit]

Shrinivas performing in Germany, 2001

Awards and achievements[edit]

U. Shrinivas runs a music school called the Shrinivas Institute of World Music (SIOWM).

Some of the awards that Mandolin U. Srinivas has received:


Shrinivas has performed with Western artists such as John McLaughlin, Michael Brook, Trey Gunn, Nigel Kennedy, Nana Vasconcelos, and Michael Nyman, as well as with Hindustani music artists such as Hariprasad Chaurasia and Zakir Hussain. He has recorded a CD of Carnatic compositions by Ilaiyaraaja called Ilaiyaraaja's Classics in Mandolin. Recently, U Shrinivas also released Samjanitha featuring Debashish Bhattacharya (Lap Steel Guitar), John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, Sivamani, Vikku Vinaykram, Dominique Piazza George Brook, U Rajesh, Anil Srinivasan and others.


  1. ^ Ramamoorthy, Mangala (2006-06-17). "'We move around like brothers'". The Hindu (Chennai). Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  2. ^ Gautam, Savitha (2003-03-27). "The 'shakti' of sound". The Hindu (Chennai). Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  3. ^ "Padma Awards". Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (India). Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  4. ^ "SNA: List of Akademi Fellows". Sangeet Natak Akademi. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Hunt, Ken. "U. Srinivas - Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 

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