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  • Audio CD (27 Jun 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Realworld
  • ASIN: B000026LQP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,106 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Maryaadakadaya 6:12£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Saranambhava Karuna 9:51£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Rama Sreerama (Ragam, Thanam, Pallavi) & Ragamalika28:45£0.69  Buy MP3 
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Amazon.co.uk Review

Karnatic music (alternatively "Carnatic" or "Karnatak") is a paradox. It is the world's oldest classical or art music tradition. It operates as a reflection of the Almighty yet it has evaluated and dissected melody and rhythm to a degree that would still shame the West's greatest musical scientist or mathematician. It is a classical music eschewing elitism. And for something so old it is also remarkably open to innovation so long as innovation does not compromise its soul. Srinivas is the latest in a long line of Karnatic musicians (or even saint-composers) who heard something in a western instrument and made it part of the song of the South. Violin, clarinet and saxophone are recent assimilations (in Karnatic timespan terms). Mandolin Srinivas, as he is known in Karnatic terminology, does not play a conventional paired-string mandolin. His is an amplified, solid-body instrument. The whole of Rama Sreerama is a gem but for sheer multifaceted sparkle the title track would take some beating. --Ken Hunt

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. A. Martin on 30 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
I'm so lucky, I'd never heard of U,Srinivas but I found this Album in a PDSA charity shop and bought it for 99p on the off chance I'd like it and wow, what a find. Truly amazing virtuoso playing of the highest order.

Highly recommended for all music lovers and essential if you love Indian classical music.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Pure Bliss 23 April 2002
By mirrortime - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I first heard of Upalappu Srinivas from an on-line interview with George Harrison in Feb, 2001. Someone asked George what he had been listening to lately. He said about Mr. Srinivas, "Eddie Van Halen eat your heart out". He meant it too. The mandolin playing is very very fast. At times serene and dream like. The title track is 30 minutes of pure bliss. I might add that the drums and violin are absolutely amazing also. If your even remotely interested in Indian music (This is from South India) I would highly suggest picking this one up. Also check out "Dawn Raga".
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Ecstatic and emotional rendering of complicated ragas 3 July 2000
By arun - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It seems to me that this genius was born with a Mandolin in his hand. His elegance and simplicity yet emotive and ecstatic mettle in handling complicated Carnatic Ragas clearly identifies the prodigy in him. Consider the 4th piece which is a RTP Ragamalika composed by the musician himself. The Mandolin master starts off with Kiravani, a Melakartha and is an ever-touching raga, slowly he slides into a less popular yet complicated raga and a derivative of the 27th Melakartha (Sarasaangi) called NalinaKaanthi. Having touched the soft scales of this raga, he then decides to dwell deep into the complicated well and plays a very unpopular yet profound raga by name Sucharithra (a mela again), followed by the scintillating dusk raga, Revathi and finally gets back to Kiravani. The next piece is also fantastic and a complex Thyagaraja keerthana in the raga Gaanamurthee (3rd mela).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Superlative carnatic music 17 Feb 2000
By Clayton W. Hibbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Srinivas's name has become so synonymous with the mandolin that he has been nicknamed "Mandolin Srinivas" in his native India.
Excellent liner notes give a biography of the musician (a child prodigy) and a brief history of his incredible career.
This album captures Srinivas's precision and passion with superb clarity; an hour of complex, intricate beauty. If you're new to carnatic music, this is a great place to start.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By No Means a Gimmick 12 Oct 2000
By supastar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The mandolin, when he plays it, seems so suited to Carnatic music, with its inflections and voice, and though I'm no classical music scholar, and only enjoy it in the mood it evokes, it's absouloutely lovely, very stirring, very beautiful. Another artist who plays carnatic music on a "untraditional" instrument, is Kadri Gopalnath, whose saxaphone is amazing.
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