Uppalapu Srinivas who was an Indian mandolin player of the Carnatic musical tradition of Southern India passed away today at the age of 45 due to failed liver transplant. Bollywood fraternity took to Twitter to offer their condolences. Here's what they said...
A.R.Rahman: Emotionally shaken to hear of Carnatic shining star Mandolin Shrinivasji's demise... May God bless him with happiness in the next world...
Sonu Nigam: The grt Mandolin exponent U Shrinivas is no more unfortunately. Ws gng thru a liver trnsplnt. Imprvd apparently. Bt succumbed tragically.RIP
Shreya Ghoshal: We lost Mandolin Maestro Shri U. Srinivas this morning. One of the greatest musicians of this world. And too young to go away. R.I.P.
Siddharth: Just heard that Mandolin Srinivas passed away. Great musician. Child prodigy. Gone too soon. RIP. When we were kids Mandolin Srinivas was considered the Golden child. Grew up listening to the genius. Sad day.. #MandolinSrinivas
Ehsaan Noorani: U. Srinivas one of the finest musicians ever a true Earth Angel left us for his journey skyward .... you will be sorely missed .
Well-known mandolin player Uppalapu Srinivas died Friday here at a private hospital. He was 45.
According to a source at Apollo hospital, where he was admitted following brief illness, Srinivas "passed away due to liver-related problems this morning at 9.30".
Born on February 28, 1969 in Palakolu, Andhra Pradesh, Srinivas was a child prodigy. He picked up his father's mandolin at the age of six and started playing it.
He made his first public performance at the age of 9 when he played at the Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival in Gudivada.
Since then, he has performed in several music festivals, both nationally and internationally.
He has performed alongside several international artists such as Michael Brook, John McLaughlin, Trey Gunn and Nigel Kennedy.
In 1998, he was honoured with the Padma Shri award. He's also the recipient of the prestigious Sangeeta Ratna award.