Upalappu Srivinas, also known as "Mandolin Shrinivas," plays Carnatic
music (the classical music of South India) on the electric mandolin.
No kidding. For video and sound clips, visit his kickin'
And here's a brief
he wrote on the history of the mandolin.
But in case you were wondering: His first mandolin belonged
to his father, a clarinetist. At some point in his boyhood, he acquired
the first of the odd-shaped redburst mandolins for which he's become
instrument had the standard eight tuners; later
he either had the headstock cut down or had a new instrument made
with only six. It's hard to say how many such mandolins he's owned,
but they are custom-made for him. He uses only five strings, and
tunes to CGCGC. Copies of it are available in India, and several
other Indian mandolin players have used instruments just like it.
These would include Suresh
and Srinivas' own brother,
Srinivas has toured extensively in the United States, both
in a duo with his brother and with John McLaughlin's Carnatic/jazz
fusion ensemble Remember Shakti. You can order Srinivas' recordings
(there are a couple of dozen to choose from), or listen to clips
. And there are several videos to choose from:
Finally, here is what purports to be contact information. I can't
vouch for the accuracy of any of it:
Padmashri U Shrinivas
12-A Venkateswara Street
Vadapalani, Chennai 600026
Tel: +91 44 2362 2696, 2362 1421
Fax: +91 44 2362 1421