Sri Chandrasekharendra Sangeeta Educational Society is organising the 8th Annual Festival & Aradhana of Satguru Sri Thyagaraja Swamy at the Keyes High School For Girls, from 6th to 10th February. The 5-day festival will see some of the best artistes of Carnatic music perform, including the Sikkil Sisters, Mala Chandrasekhar, the Priya Sisters, the Malladi Brothers, U Srinivas, Dr. Tadepally Lokanadha Sarma, and many young and upcoming artistes.
Today, the 4th day, U Srinivas and U Rajesh will perform a mandolin duet recital. They will be accompanied by V V Srinivas Rao on the violin, Madhurai Mangalam Swaminathan on the mridangam and Srirangam Kannan on the morsing.
Upalappu Srinivas, also known as Mandolin U Srinivas, was born on 28th February, 1969, in Palakollu. He came to prominence not only for his playing but for his choice of instrument: an electric mandolin. He started learning the instrument at the age of 6 from his father Satyanarayana.
U Srinivas made his first public Carnatic concert performance in 1978 in Gudivada, during the Thyagaraja Aradhana festival. Soon, he got to perform at the Madras Music Season in 1981 for the Indian Fine Arts Society. In 1983, he performed at the JazzFest Berlin, and continued touring the world - Australia, Southeast Asia and then Southwest Asia, followed by the United States and Canada. In recent years, he has toured with John McLaughlin as part of the group Remember Shakti.
Born on the 17th of May 1977 at Palakollu, Rajesh is the last child of U Satyanarayana, and brother of U Srinivas. Tutored under the guidance of his father and brother, Rajesh too started playing Carnatic classical music on the mandolin at the young age of 6, and gave his first concert at the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam in the presence of Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal. Since then he has been performing extensively in India, both solo and with his brother. He has travelled far and wide in his musical journey, and has performed in all major cities around the world.
Sri Chandrasekharendra Sangeeta Educational Society was founded in 2000, with the objective of imparting and spreading Carnatic vocal music to music lovers of all ages. It was established by S Chandrasekhar, a renowned vocalist, who has a diploma in Carnatic vocal and teaches about 50 students, both young and old. Every Sunday, he also teaches Annamacharya Keertanas from 3pm to 5pm, free of cost to anyone eager to learn. The society also organises various music concerts of local upcoming and established artistes, and renowned classical musicians from Chennai.
The entry to the programs is free. Please contact the S Chandrasekhar at 2780-5161/93910-11704/98661-87955 for further details.