But U. Shrinivas is credited with redefining the relationship between the mandolin and Indian music, particularly by making his instrument of choice the electric mandolin, which brings a harder, more urbanized edge into any musical setting than the more traditional acoustic version. Shrinivas has won many awards for his consummate musicianship, has toured the world--even performing at the 1992 Olympics--and his discography boasts not only guest appearances with many other diverse players but a number of recordings under his own name. He is also highly regarded for his work with the aforementioned John McLaughlin, who included Shrinivas in his popular jazz-Indian fusion group Remember Shakti. Most recently, Shrinivas was featured on the critically acclaimed album Miles from India, which combined American alumni of Miles Davis' various jazz-based bands with today's top Indian musicians to create new interpretations of Miles' music that bridge the gaps between those two seemingly diverse entities.
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