Mandolin Srinivas's death leaves music lovers disconcerted

The musician was supposed to perform in city in October

When renowned musician Mandolin U Srinivas performed during K Putturao Memorial Music Festival at Nadabrahma Sangeeth Sabha on August 31, 2011, little did the music connoisseurs know that it would be his last performance in the city. 

When the news of Srinivas’ demise in Chennai reached the city on Friday morning, cognoscenti who were waiting for his musical treat in October, were left disconcerted and shocked.

Srinivas had an everlasting bond with the city, especially music lovers, since his maiden performance in 1980. Since then, he was a regular, treating the music lovers at least once in three years.

After a gap of three years, Srinivas was scheduled to perform on September 1, at the eighth cross Ganesha music fest at V V Mohalla. When the ill health confined him to bed, he arranged for his equally talented brother Rajesh to perform instead. Rajesh enthralled the music lovers filling the space of his brother, Music patron K V Murthy told Deccan Herald. 

However, when the music lovers insisted, Srinivas had agreed to perform during Raga Vaibhava on October 12 at Nadabrahma Sangeeth Sabha. But the fate had willed otherwise, said Murthy.

“After his (Srinivas) last performance in 2011, efforts had been made to arrange for his concert in the following year too. However, at that time a foreign tour come calling,” said, H S Prasad, Secretary of Nadabrahma.

Srinivas’ maiden performance in the city as a child prodigy is still etched afresh in Prasad’s memory. 

It was at the age of 11, Srinivas performed with grace at the music festival organised by patron Srikantaiah of Chowdaiah Smaraka Rama Seva Samithi during Sri Ramanavami at Chamarajapuram.

 “He had performed again as a teenager (14 years) during 1983 at eighth cross Ganesha music fest,” recalled Murthy. 

Institute of Bhramara Trust of Y T and Madhuri Thathachari was the regular host of Srinivas in Mysore. Whenever Srinivas preferred to stay outside the hotel during his concerts in Mysore, he was staying at Thathachari’s modest house in Vijayanagar.

The trust had also conferred ‘Prof Y T Thathachari National Award for Innovation within the bounds of tradition in Carnatic music’ on Srinivas in Chennai in 2002. In fact, Madhuri who had gone to Chennai two days ago, wanted to meet Srinivas to remind him of his performance scheduled in the city. 

She subsequently learnt about his failing health. The news of Srinivas’ death followed Thathachari into the city, a day after her arrival on Friday.

Condolence meeting

 Music connoisseurs from different sabhas in the city have organised a condolence meeting on Saturday at 6 pm at Nadabrahma Sangeeth Sabha on JLB Road. 

H K Venkatram from Bangalore an equally accomplished violinist who had accompanied Srinivas in his concerts since 1983, will be attending the meeting, according to music patron K V Murthy.

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