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Shankar Mahadevan
Shankar Mahadevan at the Shankar Ehsaan Loy Night.
Shankar Mahadevan at the Shankar Ehsaan Loy Night.
Background information
Chembur, Mumbai, India[1]
Genres Pop, playback singing, composer
Occupations Singer, composer
Years active 1998–present
Notable instruments

Shankar Mahadevan is a Indian and a multiple National Film Award winning music composer and singer. An accomplished musician in Tamil cinema, he is a part of the Shankar Ehsaan Loy trio team that provides music to Bollywood and other International films.


Early life

Shankar Mahadevan was born in Tarakad Gramam (Village), Palakkad District, Kerala and brought up in Chembur, suburb of Mumbai [1] to a Tamil Iyyengar family. He migrated from Palghat, Kerala.[2] He learned Indian classical music and Carnatic music in his childhood and started playing Veena at the age of five. He played Veena in the first song of Bhimsen Joshi and Lata Mangeshkar together composed by Shrinivas Khale. He went to OLPS High School in Chembur. He graduated in 1988 with a degree in Computer Science Engineering from R.A.I.T (D Y Patil, Navi Mumbai), under the auspices of Mumbai University. As of now he sings songs in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, and Marathi.He sang in many movies for AR Rahman, Anu Malik and others for songs like Urvashi take it Easy from Humse Hai Muqabla(1995), I love You from Auzaar (1997),Key Sera Sera from Pukar (1999) and many more songs in Nineties.


Though having earlier worked with the Oracle Corporation, Shankar's interest in music made him venture into the field of music.[3] He earned his first award as a playback singer in a Tamil movie, collaborating with A. R. Rahman and winning a National Film Award for his song in Kandukondain Kandukondain. A prominent star in the Kodambakkam film industry, he later gained more recognition by releasing his first music album called Breathless in 1998, in which he actually sings through the whole song in a single breath. He later got into music direction and became a part of the Shankar Ehsaan Loy trio, composing music for Hindi films.

He enjoys a successful run with Fusion-Jazz band SILK with Louis Banks on Keyboards, Sivamani on percussion, Sridhar Parthasarathy on Mridangam and Karl Peters on Bass Guitar.

Shankar Mahadevan has also provided vocals for several compositions of Remember Shakti which features maestros like Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, U. Srinivas and Selvaganesh Vinayakram. He was music director and singer for the famous "School chale hum" song that used to come on Doordarshan.

He was a mentor on Zee TV's musical reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009.

He is a Team Captain, judge, and mentor on STAR Plus's musical show - Music Ka Maha Muqqabla for the team Shankar's Rockstars.



Swaralaya-Kairali-Yesudas Award

National Film Awards

Andhra Pradesh State Film Awards(Nandi Awards)

  • 2008 - Best male playback singer for the film "Venkatadri"

Kerala State Film Awards

Filmfare Awards

Star Screen Awards

Asianet Film Awards

Other Awards

  • 2009 - Annual Malayalam Movie Awards (Dubai) - Best Male Singer for Pichavecha Naal

Filmography as composer


  • Breathless - Breathless is the album that first gave him fame, including the song, "Breathless," which he appears to sing in one breath.
  • Nine - Nine is Shankar's most recent album. Each song is a representation of a "mood," including joy, sadness, love, etc.

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