Singer and Composer, Shankar Mahadevan
Shankar Mahadevan was born on the 3rdof March, 1967 in the Chembur suburb of Mumbai, Maharashtra. He was born in a Tamil Iyer family that was originally from Palakkad, in Kerala. His interest in music made him learn both the classical forms of Indian music, Hindustani as well as Carnatic. He started learning Veena, a musical instrument from the young age of five. He studied music from renowned Marathi music composer, Padmabhushan Srinivas Khale.
Shankar Mahadevan’s Guru, Padmabhushan Srinivas Khale
He did his schooling from Our Lady of Perpetual Succour High School in Chembur and passed out from the SIES College in Sion. He did his graduation from the Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology, Mumbai University, with a degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering. He even did a job at Oracle as a software engineer for some time.
Shankar Mahadevan With Band Mynta
Soon, music made him turn towards composing ad jingles for radio and television. He was also a member of the Indo-Swedish Fusion Jazz band called ‘Mynta’.
Shankar Mahadevan With Band SILK
He has also been associated with other bands such as ‘SILK’, which was another fusion jazz band and included Louis Banks on keyboards, Sivamani on percussion, Sridhar Parthasarathy on mridangam and Karl Peters on bass guitar. Shankar Mahadevan as a vocalist was also part of the band ‘Remember Shakti’, which had featured eminent musicians like Zakir Hussain, Chandan Sharma, John McLaughlin, U. Srinivas and V. Selvaganesh.
Shankar Mahadevan First National Film Award For Kandukondain Kandukondain
Shankar Mahadevan Second National Film Award For Kal Ho Naa Ho
Shankar Mahadevan Third National Film Award For Taare Zameen Par
It was as a playback singer that he first gained recognition when he received his first prestigious National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for his song “Yenna Solla Pogirai” in the AR Rahman album for the Tamil Language film Kandukondain Kandukondain. His second National Award was with his composer team of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for Best Music Direction for the film Kal Ho Naa Ho in 2004. His third National Film Award was for Best Male Playback Singer once again, for the song “Maa” in the 2008 film Taare Zameen Par.
Shankar Mahadevan Music Album ‘Breathless’
Shankar Mahadevan Music Album ‘Nine’
He caught the Indian public’s ear in 1998, when he came out with his independent album ‘Breathless’, where he sounded as if he was singing the song ‘breathless’ in one breath. His second album is more recent and is titled Nine’. The album is a compilation of songs that each represent a mood experienced by us; be it of sadness, despair, joy or love.
Shankar Mahadevan’s Troika of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
It was some time later that he teamed up with musicians Loy Mendonca and Ehsaan Noorani to form a successful troika that has consistently come out with great musical compositions for Bollywood films. Shankar has continued to sing in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi and other regional languages as well as Hindi. The best of Bollywood music composers like AR Rahman and Anu Malik as well as the top Southern Music composers continue to use his talents as a singer. He has sung some hugely popular songs like the song ‘Urvashi Take It Easy’ from the film Humse Hai Muqabla in 1995, ‘I Love You’ from the film Auzaar in 1997 till 2011, for songs like ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ from the film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
Shankar Mahadevan in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge in 2009
Shankar Mahadevan in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge in 2012
On TV, he has been famous for composing the song “School Chale Hum for Doordarshan Channel. He has been the mentor twice, for the music reality show Zee TV’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge in 2009 as well as 2012. He was also the team captain, judge, and mentor for the Star Plus show Music Ka Maha Muqqablain 2010.
Shankar Mahadevan’s Shankar Mahadevan Academy
Shankar Mahadevan expanded his music purview and in March 2011 he launched the Shankar Mahadevan Academy to offer tutorials and virtual vocal courses in not only the classical forms of music, ie Carnatic and Hindustani, but also offer courses in religious chanting, Indian folk music, Rabindra Sangeet and Bollywood songs.
Shankar Mahadevan Filmfare Award For Dil Chata Hai
Shankar Mahadevan Filmfare Award For Bunty Aur Babli
Besides, the National Film Awards given by the Government of India, he has received many awards given by State Governments and other private organizations including the popular Filmfare Awards. His first Filmfare Award was the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent for his team in 2002 for the film Dil Chata Hai. In 2003 and 2005 he, as a part of his team, won two more Filmfare Award for Best Music Direction for the films Kal Ho Naa Ho and Bunty Aur Babli, respectively.
Shankar Mahadevan With Family
Shankar is married to Sangeeta and has two sons Siddharth and Shivam. He shares a close relationship with his family and prefers to spend his leisure time with them.
Shankar Mahadevan Film Vishwaroopam
Shankar Mahadevan Film Chittagong
Shankar Mahadevan Film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Shankar Mahadevan World Cup 2011 song ‘De Ghuma Ke’
Shankar Mahadevan Film My Name Is Khan
Shankar Mahadevan Film Wake Up Sid
Shankar Mahadevan Film Rock On!!!
Shankar Mahadevan Film Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Shankar Mahadevan Film Lakshya
Shankar Mahadevan Film Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai?
Shankar Mahadevan Film Mission Kashmir
Shankar Mahadevan Film Dillagi
Some of the prominent Bollywood films Shankar has composed music for, along with his team of Ehsaan-Loy, through the years include: Vishwaroopam in 2013, Chittagong in 2012, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara in 2011, the World Cup 2011 song ‘De Ghuma Ke, My Name Is Khan in 2010, Wake Up Sid and London Dreams in 2009, Rock On!!! in 2008, Taare Zameen Par in 2007, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna in 2006, Bunty Aur Babli in 2005, Lakshya in 2004, Kal Ho Naa Ho in 2003, Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai? in 2002, Dil Chahta hai in 2001, Mission Kashmir in 2000 and Dillagi in 1999 among many others.