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Shankar Mahadevan

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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. He learned Hindustani classical music and Carnatic music in his childhood and started playing the veena at the age of five. He has many songs in all the film industries (Telugu,Tamil,Kannada).

He has sung in many movies 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 Zakir Hussain, Chandan Sharma, John McLaughlin, U. Srinivas and Selvaganesh Vinayakram. He was music director 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; 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 2010 he performed at PULSE-2010, India's Second largest Inter-college Festival at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. In Marathi, Shankar Mahadevan has sung for noted music directors like Ajay-Atul and Shridhar Phadke. In 2010, 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.

 
Family Background

Shankar Mahadevan was born and brought up in Chembur, a suburb of Mumbai, to a Tamil Iyer family from Kerala.

Educational Qualification & Sports

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 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.

 
Awards & Titles

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.

Filmfare Awards
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).

2005: Best Playback Singer for Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana-Telugu.

Star Screen Awards
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: Kerala Film Critics Award for Best Male Playback Singer - "Indhumukhi Varumo" (Holidays).