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Mandolin Shrinivas's demise stuns artiste fraternity
CHENNAI, September 19: The untimely demise of Mandolin Shrinivas has sent shock waves across the Carnatic music fraternity. A sense of disbelief, and deep sorrow engulfed the music world. And many have expressed their sadness in their Facebook postings.

"Unbelievable......... Shell shocked.......Shri Mandolin U Shrinivas was not only God's gift to world music but was like my own family...... I was monitoring his situation even till a day or two ago, and was told things were better......... I even texted Rajesh about 10 minutes back to check on him... An irreconcilable loss...'' - Says Chitravina Ravikiran.

State of disbelief
"Am in a state of disbelief!'' - Sudha Ragunathan

Words fail
"We have no words to express our grief at the passing away of one of the most charismatic musicians and iconic performers of Carnatic music - Mandolin U.Srinivas. What ecstasy, feeling and beauty he created with his music....virtuosity, emotion, and what depth and flow in every note he touched. Just a stroke...and you were completely drawn into the spell he cast with his music. His contribution to music - encompassing multiple genres- Carnatic, Jazz, world, fusion- showed us how great music could beautifully blend with any genre, and also remain pristine, authentic, universally appealing and eternally relevant. We will miss you Shrinivas! May your music continue to reverberate in the world beyond, as it does in our hearts...'' - Ranjani & Gayatri

"Deeply saddened by the untimely demise of a great soul. A great maestro U.Srinivas. May God rest his soul in peace. His music is divine and eternal. Let's pray God to give strength to his family.'' Indira Kadambi