70 Years of Berliner Festspiele
Master Srinivas Group
Concert as part of Berliner Jazztage 1983
The mandolin has already been used during the Renaissance, in compositions by Beethoven and Mozart, as well as in countless bluegrass melodies. The Indian musician Uppalapu Srinivas subsequently introduced the almond-shaped lute to classical Indian music and discovered a worldwide audience for this crossover between genres.
- 27 min
In 1983, when Uppalapu Srinivas, only 14 year old, performed with his band at the Berliner Jazztage in the Philharmonie, he still had to bear the heavy burden of being labelled the “Indian Mozart”. 27 minutes of great virtuoso playing and the pure joy of improvisation from a fourteen year old. On that October day he shared the stage in Berlin with no lesser figures than the Sun Ra Allstars and Miles Davis, which outraged DIE ZEIT at the time and led to a debate about cultural imperialism good and bad. In all the fuss it was forgotten that there was also breakdancing by the Magnificent Force from New York in the foyer during the interval – all broadcast live on television.