Rama Sreerama

U. Srinivas, 1994

The child prodigy of Karnatak music who has taken the mandolin, an instrument unknown in India, to unique classical heights.

A recording of an exquisite, candle-lit live performance at Real World Studios.

Reviews

  • ...this devout young Hindu has become a master... 'Popularly known in India as Mandolin Srinivas...this devout young Hindu has become a master not only of an instrument that usually only stands out in bluegrass but also of the highly complex, extended improvisations that are at the heart of the Southern Indian classical tradition.' Q Magazine (UK)
  • 'His gentle and mesmerising sound should have no trouble breaking out of the classical mould, and finding its way onto the turntables of mainstream listeners.' Weekly Journal (UK)
  • ...this is a level of artistry you don't see too much of these days.' Time Out (UK)
  • 'Sweeter than a banjo, more energetic than a slide guitar, Srinivas's playing has a bright electric tone, nicely set against a husky-throated violin. Together with a mridangam drummer the group scamper cheerfully through their melodies, working tightly as a rhythmic unit.' The Wire (UK)
  • Classical but alive, breathing, ancient and still evolving. 'Classical but alive, breathing, ancient and still evolving.' The Guardian (UK)
  • ...booming and buzzing towards open-heart ecstasy. Brilliant!' 'The centrepiece is a 29 minute, multi-movement epic, topped off with a stunning percussion duel, clay pot clacking and slapping, mridangam booming and buzzing towards open-heart ecstasy. Brilliant!' Mojo (UK)