Sri Meduri Srinivas comes from a family with a long tradition in Carnatic classical music. His parents, late Sri. Narasimha Rao & Smt. Prasunamba and one of his elder sisters, Smt. Kattamuri Subbalakshmi, were his teachers as well as mentors. His other brothers and sisters are also accomplished artists. The divine and melodious musical instrument Veena, has been a part of his life right from early childhood. He is one of the youngest “A” Grade veena artists of All India Radio. Music and particularly playing the veena is his life passion.
At the tender age of eight, Meduri Srinivas gave his first stage performance and since then, there was no looking back as he steadily climbed to new heights of his music career. He has performed all over India and some of his performances were presented at major Sabhas. He has given well received performances at various cities in the US, while visiting in the year 2012. He has performed before many dignitaries, such as, The Honorable Governor of Andhra Pradesh for the occasion of Ugaadi (Telugu New Year festival), for the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and for the Prime Minister of Singapore, to name just a few.
As a rare and unique event, Srinivas has conducted and performed along with his parents and other family members, comprising of about 15 members from four generations, a unique concert in Hyderabad that mesmerized the audience. This is one of the many fond memories of veena concerts for Meduri Srinivas.
Over the years, he has accumulated many excellent accomplishments to his credit. To mention some of them, he has received the first prize for three consecutive years in the senior section of classical music category of Veena, in the All India Competitions (during 1989 to 1991), conducted by Navya Nataka Samiti, Hyderabad. A special memento was awarded on this delightful and rare occasion.
Srinivas has performed at several prestigious venues including National Program of Music for Doordarshan, live telecast of well-known and famous “Naada Neerajanam” program organized by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) of Andhra Pradesh on multiple occassions, Silver Jubilee celebrations of Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, and 10th Annual Festival of Andhra Music Academy, Visakhapatnam.
He has performed on several occasions before Pujya Shri Sivananda Murthy garu of Bhimunipatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
He has played the veena for several CD recordings of Annamacharya Kritis, musically composed and rendered by Shri Nedunuri Krishna Murthy garu. He has also played for CDs of Annamacharya kritis sung by Shri Garimella Balakrishna Prasad garu of Tirumula Tirupathi Devastanam.
He is in the process of recording specially selected Thillanas in 15 raagas to showcase the beauty and elegance by presenting them on the veena including the complex Graha bheda Thillana in Kalyani raagam and Gati Bheda Thillana.
Meduri Srinivas currently works full time in The New India Assurance Co. Ltd, Hyderabad as an Administrative Officer, where his musical talents in the field of classical music are well appreciated and supported by his colleagues.
Sri Srinivas will be accompanied by Sri Ganesh Sankaranarayanan on the mridangam. Sri Ganesh started learning mridangam at the age of ten from the renowned guru Sangita Kala Acharya Sri Kumbakonam RajappaIyer in Chennai, India. He then underwent advanced training under M. Lakshman a senior disciple of Palghat Sri T.R. Rajamani. He has given many performances in India, Canada and USA. With his knowledge in vocal music, he seeks to provide a sensitive and sahityam-based accompaniment.
Surabhi Music Academy and Saptami cordially invite you to the veena concert of
Sri Srinivas Meduri
Sri Shankar Krishnaswamy will be accompanying Sri Srinivas on the Kanjeera. Sri Shankar learnt vocal music under Smt. Sita Subramanium at Chennai and has always evinced keen interest in laya aspect of Carnatic music. He later took Kanjira training with Sri Manoj Siva and Sri Neyveli Venkatesh during their visits to the US.
He has developed into a Kanjira player mostly by listening to great stalwarts and imbibing their styles. As a percussionist trained in vocal, he is able to bring out a good following of the vocal and enhance the performance of the vocalist. He has accompanied artists in many performances in the metroplex and many youngsters during their arangetram.