Born: 28 February 1969
Died: 19 September 2014
- He was an Indian mandolin player in Carnatic classical music and composer.
- He was widely regarded as the Mozart of classical Indian music.
- He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998, by the Government of India.
- He was also awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2009 given by Sangeet Natak Akademi, which is the National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama, in India.
- He was the first musician to use the electric mandolin in Carnatic music.
- He modified the electric western instrument, using five single strings instead of the traditional four doubled strings to suit the Carnatic pitch, raga system, and especially gamakas, or nuanced oscillations.
- He started out on the acoustic mandolin, but neither the size nor plucking required of the acoustic mandolin was suited for long, sustained notes.
- He then switched to the electric mandolin, which was better suited for sustained notes and musical ornamentations.
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February 28, 2019