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Singer, composer

Shankar Mahadevan

Sangeeta Mahadevan

Years active

Siddharth Mahadevan

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3 March 1967 (age 56) Chembur, Mumbai, Maharashtra (

Indian music, playback singing


Composer ·

Breathless, Katti Batti, Teri Hee Parchhayian, Ek Aur Ek Gyarah, Divine Chants of India

Associated acts

MMMA 2017 I Shankar Mahadevan rocking the stage I Mazhavil Manorama

Shankar Mahadevan Performs - Maha Kala Deepam Song in ETV @ 20 Years Celebrations - 23rd August 2015

Shankar Mahadevan (born 3 March 1967) is a composer and playback singer who is part of the Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy composing trio team for many Indian films. He is a four-time winner of the National Award: three times for Best Male Playback Singer and once for Best Music Director. Mahadevan founded the Shankar Mahadevan Academy, which provides online music lessons in Indian music for students worldwide. In 2015, he made his debut as an actor in the Marathi film Katyar Kaljat Ghusli, a film adaptation of a 1960 stage classic by the same name.


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Early life

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Shankar Mahadevan was born in Chembur, Mumbai into a Iyer family from Palakkad, Kerala. He learned Hindustani classical and Carnatic music in childhood, and began playing the veena at age five. Mahadevan studied music under Pandit Shrinivas Khale, a renowned Marathi composer, and attended Our Lady of Perpetual Succour High School (OLPS) in Chembur. He subsequently attended SIES College in Sion, completing his HSC. Mahadevan 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 Leading Edge. His wife Sangeeta is Maharashtrian and oldest son Siddharth Mahadevan, also a singer, made his debut on the 2013 Bhaag Milkha Bhaag song "Zinda". His youngest son, Shivam Mahadevan, also a singer made his debut in 2013 Dhoom 3 song Bande Hain Hum Uske and Man Mandira in Katyar Kaljat Ghusli. Mahadevan is fluent in Malayalam, Tamil, Marathi, Hindi, Telugu and English.


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After working for Leading Edge Systems (now Trigyn Technologies Limited), Mahadevan ventured into music. Mahadevan was noted for the release of his first album (Breathless) in 1998. The album's title track was engineered to seem to be sung in one breath, hence its title. He later ventured into music direction and became part of the Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy trio, composing for Hindi films.

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He received his first award as a playback singer in a Tamil movie, collaborating with A. R. Rahman and winning a National Film Award for Kandukondain Kandukondain. Well known in the Kodambakkam film industry, he has worked with several top composers including Rahman, Ilaiyaraaja, Deva, Yuvan Shankar Raja (for whom he has sung the maximum number of songs in Tamil), Harris Jayaraj, Vidyasagar, Mani Sharma, Devi Sri Prasad, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Vijay Antony, D. Imman, S. Thaman, Anirudh Ravichander and others. He also made a special appearance in the visualization of the song "Thaniye" from Rhythm, which was sung by himself. In addition, Mahadevan has sung for every major hero in Tamil cinema including Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, though he is better known for the several hit songs he has delivered for contemporary stars Ajith Kumar and Vijay. His song "Manmatha Rasa" from Thiruda Thirudi was a chartbuster and remains hugely popular.

Mahadevan has sung in many films for A. R. Rahman, Anu Malik and other music directors; his songs include "Urvashi Take It Easy" from Humse Hai Muqabla (1995), "I Love You" from Auzaar (1997) and "Kay Sera Sera" from Pukar (2000). He has composed most of his Hindi songs (as part of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy), and has sung Tamil songs by a number of composers. Mahadevan has also sung in Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi (for composers including Shridhar Phadke Kaushal Inamdar and Ajay-Atul) and other regional languages. He was part of the fusion jazz band Silk, with Louis Banks on keyboards, Sivamani on percussion, Sridhar Parthasarathy on mridangam and Karl Peters on bass.

Mahadevan has also sung for Remember Shakti, featuring Zakir Hussain, Chandan Sharma, John McLaughlin, U. Srinivas and V. Selvaganesh. He was music director for School Chale Hum on Doordarshan and a mentor on the Zee TV musical reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009.

Mahadevan is a team captain, judge and mentor on the Star Plus musical show Music Ka Maha Muqqabla for the Shankar's Rockstars team, which won Music Ka Maha Muqqabala 2010. In 2008 and 2010 he performed at PULSE, India's second-largest intercollegiate festival, at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. In March 2009 Mahadevan performed at Ragam 09, an intercollegiate cultural festival hosted by the National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NITC) in Kerala. In February 2010 he performed at Kuruksastra 10, an intercollegiate cultural festival hosted by the SASTRA University, Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu.

In March 2011 Mahadevan founded the Shankar Mahadevan Academy along with Sridhar Ranganathan, his classmate and friend from his college days. The academy offers tutorials and virtual with live teachers for vocal courses in Carnatic and Hindustani classical music, religious chanting, Indian folk music, Indie music and Bollywood songs.

He was invited by UNESCO and the US State Department to perform at the UN General Assembly hall for the finale of the International Jazz Festival on 30 April 2012. Mahadevan is a mentor on the Zee TV musical reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2012.

In 2013 the singer, Ehsaan and Loy performed a well-received, five-hour benefit concert for Lok Biradari Prakalp in Nagpur. On 7 February they performed at the day-two Pro Show of Riviera 2013 (the intercollegiate cultural festival of VIT University), Mahadevan's third performance at the campus. On 17 March 2013 he performed at Ragam 13, his second appearance at the festival. He also sang Telugu songs in movies such as Attarintiki Daredi, Gabbar Singh, Dookudu, and Brindavanam.


National Film Awards
  • 2000: Best Male Playback Singer - "Yenna Solla Pogirai" (Kandukondain Kandukondain)
  • 2004: Best Music Direction - Kal Ho Naa Ho (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)
  • 2007: Best Male Playback Singer - "Maa" (Taare Zameen Par)
  • 2012: Best Male Playback Singer - "Bolo Na" (Chittagong)
  • State Film Awards
  • 2008: Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer - "Kalyaana Kacheri" (Madampi)
  • 2008: Nandi Award for Best Male Playback Singer - Venkatadri
  • Filmfare Awards
  • 2001: Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent for Dil Chahta Hai (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)
  • 2003: Best Music Direction for Kal Ho Naa Ho (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)
  • 2005: Best Music Direction for Bunty Aur Babli (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)
  • 2014: Best Music Direction for 2 States (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)
  • 2015: Filmfare Award Best Music Direction (Marathi) for Katyar Kaljat Ghusli (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)
  • 2015: Filmfare Award Best Male Playback Singer (Marathi) for Katyar Kaljat Ghusli (Song "Soor Niragas Ho")
  • Filmfare Awards South
  • 2005: Best Playback Singer for "Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana"
  • South Indian International Movie Awards
  • 2017: Nominated for Best Playback Singer for "Janatha Garage"
  • Star Screen Awards
  • 2000: Nominated for Best Background Music for Mission Kashmir (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)
  • 2001: Best Music Direction for Dil Chahta Hai (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)
  • 2005: Best Music Direction for Bunty aur Babli (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)
  • 2009: Nominated for Best Music Direction for Rock On!! (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)
  • Other awards
  • 2007: Swaralaya-Kairali-Yesudas Award for outstanding contribution to Indian film music
  • 2009: Asianet Film Award for Best Male Playback - "Pichavecha Naal" (Puthiya Mukham)
  • 2009: Annual Malayalam Movie Awards (Dubai) for Best Male Singer - "Pichavecha Naal" (Puthiya Mukham)
  • 2011: Lata Mangeshkar Award on 28 September
  • 2011: Kerala Film Critics Award for Best Male Playback Singer - "Indhumukhi Varumo" (Holidays)
  • 2012: MAA Music Award for Best Male Playback Singer - "Nee Dookudu" (Dookudu)
  • 2015: Tulu Cinemotsava Awards for Best Playback Singer -Rikshaw Driver(Tulu Movie)
  • As actor

  • Katyar Kaljat Ghusali (film) (2015) Marathi
  • Ek Se Badhakar Ek (1996) Doordarshan Serial
  • As composer

  • Rockford (1999)
  • Bhopal Express (1999)
  • Shool (1999)
  • Dillagi (1999)
  • Mission Kashmir (2000)
  • Aalavandhan (2001) (Tamil)
  • Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
  • Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai? (2002)
  • Ek Aur Ek Gyarah (2003)
  • Armaan (2003)
  • Nayee Padosan (2003)
  • Kuch Naa Kaho (2003)
  • Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
  • Rudraksh (2004)
  • Kyun! Ho Gaya Na... (2004)
  • Lakshya (2004)
  • Phir Milenge (2004)
  • Vanity Fair (2004)
  • Bunty Aur Babli (2005)
  • Dil Jo Bhi Kahey... (2005)
  • Dus (2005)
  • Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006)
  • Don: The Chase Begins Again (2006)
  • Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love (2007)
  • Marigold: An Adventure in India (2007)
  • Heyy Babyy (2007)
  • Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007)
  • Johnny Gaddaar (2007)
  • Taare Zameen Par (2007)
  • High School Musical 2 soundtrack (Hindi version)
  • Rock On!! (2008)
  • Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008)
  • Madambi (Malayalam) (2008)
  • Chandni Chowk to China (2009)
  • Yavarum Nalam (Tamil) (2009)
  • Shortkut (2009)
  • Luck by Chance (2009)
  • Sikandar (2009)
  • 13B (2009)
  • Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam (Telugu) (2009)
  • Wake Up Sid (2009)
  • London Dreams (2009)
  • My Name Is Khan (2010)
  • Kismat Talkies (2010)
  • Karthik Calling Karthik (2010)
  • Hum Tum Aur Ghost (2010)
  • Housefull (2010)
  • Tere Bin Laden (2010)
  • Koochie Koochie Hota Hai (2011)
  • Patiala House (2011)
  • De Ghuma Ke (World Cup 2011 song)
  • Game (2011)
  • Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
  • Don 2 (2011)
  • Chittagong (2012)
  • Vishwaroopam (2013)
  • Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
  • D - Day (2013)
  • One By Two (2014)
  • Darr @ the Mall (2014)
  • Dostana (2014)
  • Hamara Bajaj (upcoming)
  • 2 States (2014)
  • Kill Dil (2014)
  • Mitwaa (2015) Marathi
  • Katyar Kaljat Ghusali (film) (2015) Marathi
  • Than Than Gopal (2015) Marathi
  • Marathi songs (selected)

  • "Majhya Mana" - Lagna Pahave Karun
  • "Man Udhan Varyache " - Aga Bai Arechya
  • Telugu songs (selected)



  • Breathless
  • Nine: Explores nine moods, one in each song
  • Nandagopalam
  • References

    Shankar Mahadevan Wikipedia