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Upalappu Srinivas (1969-2014) was a child prodigy who was the first to use mandolin in Carnatic music. Having begun playing when he was only six years old, Srinivas's musical aptitude was spotted by Subbaraju, a classically trained musician and disciple of the famous musical stalwart Chembai Vaidyanata Bhagavatar. U.Srinivas is a winner of Padma Shri at the age of 29. He became renowned for his jazz-fusion concerts with the famous violinist L.Subramaniam and also with the ghazal singer Hari Haran. He produced an album called 'Dreams' with the Canadian guitarist Michael Brooks.