Shankar Mahadevan (born 3 March 1967) is a Grammy-winning Indian singer and composer who is part of the Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy trio that writes music for Indian films. In 2023, he was awarded a honorary doctorate (honoris causa degree) by Birmingham City University.[1]

Shankar Mahadevan
Mahadevan performing in 2009
Born (1967-03-03) 3 March 1967 (age 56)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Children2, including Siddharth
Musical career
GenresIndian music
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • composer
Instrument(s)Vocals
Years active1994–present
Member ofShankar–Ehsaan–Loy
Websiteshankarmahadevan.com

Personal life and early career edit

Shankar Mahadevan was born in Chembur, Mumbai into a Palakkad Iyer family originally from Palakkad, Kerala.[2][3][4][5] He learned Hindustani classical and Carnatic music as a child, and began playing the veena at the age of five under Shri Lalitha Venkataraman. Mahadevan studied music under Pandit Shrinivas Khale[6][7] and T.R. Balamani.[8]

He is an alumnus of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour High School, Chembur and graduated in 1988 with a degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology in Navi Mumbai, affiliated to Mumbai University, and was a software engineer for the company, Leading Edge.[9] After working for Leading Edge Systems (now Trigyn Technologies Limited), Mahadevan ventured into music.[10][11]

He has two sons, Siddharth Mahadevan and Shivam Mahadevan, both of whom are singers.

Musical career edit

Mahadevan got early fame as an indipop star with his fusion of Carnatic, Hindustani and Jazz. At that time, his non-film album, Breathless topped the Indian music charts in 1998.[12]

Awards edit

 
The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Padma Shree Award to Shri Shankar Mahadevan, at an Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 11 March 2019

Filmography edit

As actor edit

As composer edit

As playback singer edit

Discography edit

Solo albums edit

Jingles edit

List of Shankar Mahadevan jingles
Name Brand Composer Notes
"Kuch Khaas Hai Hum Sabhi Mai" Dairy Milk [23]
"Chal Nikal Taiyaar Ho Ja" Delhi Disaster Management Authority Vaibhav Saxena [24]

Television edit

References edit

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  7. ^ "Best Marathi songs by Shankar Mahadevan you would love to listen to". Times of India. 5 October 2018. Archived from the original on 7 November 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  8. ^ Ramani, Hema Iyer Ramani and V. v (27 July 2017). "The sound of his music". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Archived from the original on 7 November 2020. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Eminent Alumni | RAIT". Archived from the original on 20 October 2020. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
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  12. ^ Kumar, R. ed., 2003. Essays on Indian music. Discovery Publishing House.
  13. ^ "Swaralaya Kairali Yesudas Award". Thiraseela.com. Archived from the original on 12 April 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  14. ^ "Kerala State Film Awards". Kerala State Chalachitra Academy. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2021.
  15. ^ Juhan Samuel. "Mohan Lal, Kaniha to get best actor, actress award!". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 25 July 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2009.
  16. ^ Antao, Lisa (1 October 2011). "Lata Mangeshkar Award for Shankar Mahadevan". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 5 November 2021. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  17. ^ "Critics award: Gaddama adjudged best film". The Indian Express. 26 February 2011. Archived from the original on 19 March 2013. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  18. ^ "Mohanlal, Prabhudheva and Shankar Mahadevan receive Padma Awards". The Indian Express. 11 March 2019. Archived from the original on 4 November 2021. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  19. ^ "Shankar Mahadevan & Zakir Hussain Triumph at 2024 Grammy Awards with 'The moment' album". Bru Times News. Archived from the original on 5 February 2024. Retrieved 5 February 2024.
  20. ^ "Grammy Awards 2024 winner Shakti: 5 things you need to know about Shankar Mahadevan and Zakir Hussain's fusion band". Hindustan Times. 5 February 2024. Archived from the original on 5 February 2024. Retrieved 5 February 2024.
  21. ^ Netaji and Chatrapati Shivaji featuring Thai Manne 2.0 Ravi Murrugiah/ Shankar Mahadevan #ThaiManne. Vasan Digitz. 31 July 2023. Retrieved 5 February 2024 – via YouTube.
  22. ^ Netaji and Chatrapati Shivaji featuring Bharat Maa 2.0 Ravi Murrugiah/ Shankar Mahadevan #ThaiManne. Vasan Digitz. 31 July 2023. Archived from the original on 19 August 2023. Retrieved 19 August 2023 – via YouTube.
  23. ^ "8 Indian Musicians Who Started Off As Ad Jingle Artists". silicon India. 9 January 2016. Archived from the original on 12 April 2020. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  24. ^ Tyagi, Avantika (31 January 2015). "Blending music to create heady re-(mix)". The Times of India – via Internet Archive (archive.org).

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