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Mandolin U Rajesh is one of the most sought after classical artistes currently in India, having played with nearly all of the top musical stars in both north and south India, and has recorded a dozen or more albums. The brother of the legendary Mandolin U Shrinivas, U Rajesh, has given concerts in Australia, the Middle-East, America and Europe.
He was the youngest participant of the Magic Mandolin Festival in Germany in the 80s and is credited with a performance at the Lincoln Center. His recent performance in New York in the summer of 2006 was voted among the best concerts of the year by the 'New Yorker' magazine. Rajesh was specially honoured by the President ofIndia in April 2007.
Amidst his increasingly busy schedule for concerts and collaborations with other talented artists, the mandolin star had a call from Maestro John McLaughlin to play for his album 'FLOATING POINT' which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009. This was a dream come true for Rajesh.
U.Rajesh has also released his own solo albums namely - Coromandel Duet with A.K.Palanivel and Vikku Vinayakaram, Spirits and Into the Light. His last carnatic release 'TURNING POINT' (currently available only in USA) came in for critical acclaim and praise from John McLaughlin who reviewed this album.
He is one of the directors of Shrinivas Institute Of World Music (SIOWM). Rajesh's credentials include either touring or recording with some of the big names in the music business - besides his Guru and older brother U.Shrinivas, there is Ustad Zakir Hussain, Ustad Sultan Khan, pandit Hariprasad chaurasia, Shankar Mahadevan, Hariharan, Louis Banks, Ranjit Barot, Mike Marshall, multi-percussionists Sivamani and Pete Lockett. Karsh Kale and Greg Ellis Bickram gosh ,Kamal sabri ,Niladri Kumaretc. He also performed live with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and KNZ Philharmonic Orchestra.
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