Shankar Mahadevan is an Indian music composer and singer. He is a part of the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio team that composes for Indian films and a playback singer.
Shankar Mahadevan was born and brought up in Chembur, a suburb of Mumbai, to a Tamil Iyer family from Palakkad, Kerala. He learned Hindustani classical music and Carnatic music in his childhood and started playing the veena at the age of five. He studied under Srinivas Khale, a well known Marathi music composer. He went to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour High School in Chembur. He subsequently attended SIES College in Sion and completed his HSC. He graduated in 1988 with a degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology in Navi Mumbai under the auspices of Mumbai University. He worked as a software engineer on Oracle Version Six.
After working for a while for Leading Edge Systems, Shankar ventured into the field of music. 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 gained further recognition upon the release of his first music album, Breathless, in 1998. The title track of the album had been prepared in such a manner that it is sung without any break, so it appears to be sung in one breath and thus the title "breathless". He later got into music direction and became a part of the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio, composing music for Hindi films.
He has sung in many films for A. R. Rahman, Anu Malik and other music directors, performing songs like "Urvashi Take It Easy" from Humse Hai Muqabla (1995), "I Love You" from Auzaar (1997), "Kay Sera Sera" from Pukar (2000) and many more songs in the nineties. Most of the songs sung by him in Hindi are composed by him (as part of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy). He has sung numerous songs in Tamil for a multitude of composers, ranging from veterans to newcomers. He has also sung in Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi and other regional languages. In Marathi he has sung for noted composers like Shridhar Phadke and Ajay-Atul.
He enjoyed a successful run with the 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 songs by the band Remember Shakti, which features musicians including, Musician Zakir Hussain, Musician Chandan Sharma, Musician John McLaughlin, U. Srinivas and V. Selvaganesh. He was music director for the famous "School Chale Hum" song 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; his team won Music Ka Maha Muqqabala 2010.
In March 2009 he 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 intercollege cultural festival hosted by the SASTRA University, Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu.
In September 2008 and 2010 he performed at PULSE, India's Second largest Inter-college Festival at All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
In March 2011 he started the Shankar Mahadevan Academy. The Academy offers tutorials and virtual vocal courses in Carnatic and Hindustani classical music, religious chanting, Indian folk music, and Bollywood songs.
Shankar was Invited by the UNESCO and the US state Dept to perform at UN general assembly hall for the finale of the International Jazz festival held on 30 April 2012.
As of 2012, Shankar is currently mentoring Zee TV's musical reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2012.
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)
2008: Best Male Playback Singer - "Maa" (Taare Zameen Par)
State Film Awards
2008: Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer - "Kalyaana Kacheri" (Madampi)
2008: Nandi Award for Best Male Playback Singer - Venkatadri
2002: 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)
Filmfare Awards South
2005: Best Playback Singer for Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana-Telugu
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)
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: Kerala Film Critics Award for Best Male Playback Singer - "Indhumukhi Varumo" (Holidays)
2012: MAA Music Award for Best Male Playback Singer - "Nee Dookudu" (Dookudu)
Don 2: The King is Back (2011)
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
De Ghuma Ke (World Cup 2011 song)
Patiala House (2011)
Koochie Koochie Hota Hai (2011)
Tere Bin Laden (2010)
Hum Tum Aur Ghost (2010)
Karthik Calling Karthik (2010)
Kismat Talkies (2010)
My Name Is Khan (2010)
London Dreams (2009)
Wake Up Sid (2009)
Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam (Telugu) (2009)
13B/Yaavarum Nalam (2009)
Luck By Chance (2009)
Yavarum Nalam (Tamil) (2009)
Chandni Chowk to China (2009)
Madambi (Malayalam) (2008)
Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008)
Rock On!! (2008)
High School Musical 2 Soundtrack (Hindi Version)
Taare Zameen Par (2007)
Johnny Gaddaar (2007)
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007)
Heyy Babyy (2007)
Marigold: An Adventure in India (2007)
Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love (2007)
Don: The Chase Begins Again (2006)
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006)
Dil Jo Bhi Kahey... (2005)
Bunty Aur Babli (2005)
Vanity Fair (2004)
Phir Milenge (2004)
Kyun! Ho Gaya Na... (2004)
Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
Kuch Naa Kaho (2003)
Nayee Padosan (2003)
Ek Aur Ek Gyarah (2003)
Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai? (2002)
Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
Aalavandhan (2001) (Tamil)
Mission Kashmir (2000)
Bhopal Express (1999)
Breathless - Breathless is the album that first gave him fame, containing the song "Breathless", which he seems 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.