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    Very sad news. I loved his playing

    U Srinivas, the Indian mandolin player and composer of the Carnatic musical tradition of Southern India, and who toured across the world, and collaborated with John McLaughlin, Michael Nyman, and Michael Brook, has died at the age of 45. Srinivas had undergone a liver transplant and was recovering when complications arose, and he died on September 19, due to liver failure at Apollo Hospital, Chennai. A child prodigy, he made his debut in 1978, and came to be popularly known as Mandolin Srinivas. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998 by Government of India, and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2009. Over the years, Srinivas recorded over 40 albums, in diverse genre from Carnatic music solos to jugalbandis with Hindustani musicians, to world music. He performed with Western artists such as John McLaughlin, Michael Brook, Trey Gunn, Nigel Kennedy, Nana Vasconcelos, and Michael Nyman.