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U. “Mandolin” Srinivas, McLaughlin Collaborator, Dies at 45

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U. "Mandolin" Srinivas

Uppalapu Srinivas, so closely associated with his instrument that he was known as Mandolin Srinivas in his native India-and as U. Srinivas in the jazz world-died in Chennai, India, Sept. 19. He was 45; the cause was a failed liver transplant.

Born February 28, 1969, in Palakol in Andhra Pradesh, India, Srinivas took up mandolin at a young age and studied in the Indian classical tradition-he was among the first to use the instrument to play Indian Carnatic music. His association with the jazz world was due primarily to his collaborations with English guitarist John McLaughlin, beginning in 1997, in the group Remember Shakti, which also included along with tablas player Zakir Hussain, singer Shankar Mahadevan and percussionist V. Selvaganesh. Srinivas played electric mandolin in the group.

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