Source: The Hindu; Author: Athira M; Photo Courtesy: S.Mahinsha

Udupi S. Sreedhar was trained to be a mridangam artiste. But he was destined to learn the ghatam and today he is an All India Radio’s A Top graded artiste of All India Radio (AIR) in ghatam, besides being a B-High graded artiste in mridangam. He has accompanied almost all leading Carnatic musicians and has played the mridangam in many Malayalam movies and music albums. Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi honoured him with the Gurupooja Puraskaram in 2006. A native of Udupi, 55-year-old Sreedhar is settled in Thiruvananthapuram, where he is an employee of the Union Bank of India.

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Ghatam exponent Uduppi Sreedhar in Thiruvananthapuram. Photo: S. Mahinsha