Guitar and Veena are as much stringed & plucked instruments, but human speed in finger movement cannot bridge the distance between notes as a mandolin did, by shortening the stem. But through shortening, the notes came so closer to each other that the highest level of accuracy was essential to get it right with increase in speed, this was bridged through the SKILL, EFFORT and TALENT of MANDOLIN SRINIVAS!
The first time i participated in his rendition of Carnatic classical songs of Thiyagarajar, Muthusamy Dikshitar and Purandara Dasar was at the cultural festival of IIT , Chennai. First time in my life i had seen a GENIUS face to face, in life and blood. I FELT inferior, it did not trigger aspiration or retaliation of God’s partiality in having endowed a person with so much talent so early! It ‘hierarchified’ me! I felt that i was a part of a system with me somewhere in the middle and many unseen men and women standing with great talent above me and much above me! Mandolin Srinivas restored to me pristine sanity.
A violin is said to be one of the sweetest instruments, but one has to listen to Mandolin Srinivas to make us realize that the Queen of instruments had met her dominating spouse! All the mellifluousness of the bowing does not measure up to the PLUCKING of a mandolin in the hands of a MANDOLIN SRINIVAS. Bowing is less human as there is no human ‘touch’ at the time of fibrillating the string. In a pluck a plectrum could be used primarily for not damaging or callousing one’s index finger , yet mostly the strings are plucked with fingers and makes one directly deal with the instrument, it is that superiority which has been demonstrated by Mandolin Srinivas.
What a genius! yet when i read the judgement of the Madras High Court:-
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT MADRAS Dated:26.09.2011 Coram THE HONOURABLE Mr. JUSTICE ELIPE DHARMA RAO AND THE HONOURABLE Mr. JUSTICE M.VENUGOPAL C.M.A.Nos.1656 and 1657 of 2010 and M.P.Nos.1 and 1 of 2010 U.Sree ... Appellant in both CMAs Vs. U.Srinivas ... Respondent in both CMAs Prayer: Appeals filed against the Common Order dated 22.12.2009 made in F.C.O.P.No.568 of 1997 and F.C.O.P.No.805 of 1998 on the file of the Principal Family Court, Chennai. I feel that a genius fell into the hands of a person who couldn't appreciate the attitude or the mental workings of a genius! What a pity! One of the errors which an older person falls into, is that he is going to depart before the younger person does! Yet MANDOLIN SRINIVAS is no more - "WAS" younger to me!