who rediscovered the Mandolin,
Sri U. Shrinivas,
Sri U. Rajesh (Mandolin),
Sri Muruga Boopathy
Sri S. V. Ramani (Ghatam)
|About the Artists:
U. Shrinivas or Mandolin
Shrinivas, as he has come to be known, is a musical phenomenon to
perfection of tone and execution come spontaneously.
A child prodigy, Shrinivas has revived and
raised the mandolin, a little recognized instrument, to respectable
classical music. His fingers caress and cajole remarkable responses
western instrument. He glides over the gamut with ease traversing 4
with subtle deflections and suave certainty.
Every phrase, every design falls into place in the
octaval build-up of
the raga. He can evolve and execute the most intricate fraction-ridden swara (note) combinations and keep any
accompanist on edge. Shrinivas has ‘wowed’ audiences all over the world
the age of twelve. It is also striking to note that he has none of the
trappings of a star about him. Shy, silent, and reticent, he is rarely
public eye, except on the podium. The list of awards conferred on him
endless. He is already one of the all-time greats and is easily the
after artist in India
today. In 1998 he was awarded the
prestigious national title of “Padmashri”
from the President of India.
Mandolin U. Rajesh is the
Mandolin Maestro Shri U.Shrinivas. Tutored under the guidance of his
U.Satyanarayana, and brother, Shrinivas, Rajesh gave his first concert
age of six. Since then, he has been
performing extensively both solo, and along with his brother, in India
major cities around the world. He has also performed alongside
artists like Ustad Zakir Hussain and Vikku Vinayakaram and has been
part of U
music ensemble from 1987.
Muruga Boopathy, a renowned Mridangam
player, hails from a family of musicians and artists. He was awarded
Visharada with distinction in Music college. He has accompanied
leading Indian artists and has performed with Mandolin Shrinivas Music
since 1992. Muruga Boopathy has also performed extensively in countries
like Singapore, Malaysia,
Muscat and Scotland.
V. Ramani is
Ghatam (clay pot percussion) artist who gave his debut performance when
only eight years old. He received his early training under Guruvayur
Dorai. Ramani has accompanied leading
Carnatic Musicians for the past 28 years and has been a member of
Shrinivas ensemble since 1999.
|Directions and parking:
is located in the campus of the University of Saint Thomas in Saint
Paul on Cleveland Ave, in the block between Ashland and Portland
Avenues. Parking lot H, located at the intersection of Cretin and
Summit Avenues is the best bet for free weekend parking.
of the Saint Paul Campus of the University of Saint Thomas.
The OEC Auditorium
Building 4 in the campus map. Please use parking lot H only, for free
This activity is
made possible in part by,
the Series Presenter Support Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board
an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from
National Endowment for the Arts, the Honeywell “Dollars for Doers”
Grant and the Medtronic Arts Access Program Grant. This concert is
by KFAI “Fresh-Air” Radio (90.3FM Minneapolis/106.7 FM St. Paul).
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