Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah said: "The death of Mandolin Srinivas has left a void and the Carnatic music world has lost a mandolin genius," while Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa expressed her shock and said it was Shrinivas who popularized the mandolin instrument. Born Feb 28, 1969, in Palakolu in Andhra Pradesh, Srinivas was a child prodigy who gave the mandolin - a Western instrument - a permanent status in the Carnatic music world.
A world-renowned musician, Srinivas gave his first public performance in 1978 in Andhra Pradesh and soon he started trotting the globe. In 1983, Srinivas performed at the JazzFest Berlin and later toured Canada, Australia and many other countries. He rendered performances with Western artist like Michael Brook, John McLaughlin, Nigel Kennedy, Trey Gunn, Michael Nyman and others. Thanks to his work, he was honored with prestigious awards like Padma Shri, Sangeet Natak Academy, and Sangeeta Ratna. Musicians Ehsaan Noorani remembers mandolin player Uppalapu Srinivas as "one of the finest musicians", while Oscar-winning composer A.R Rahman says he is "emotionally shaken" after hearing the news of his demise. On the personal front, his marriage ended in divorce and his wife got custody of their son.