Shankar Mahadevan is an Indian singer and music composer. He is a part of the Shankar Ehsaan Loy trio team that provides music to Bollywood films.
Shankar Mahadevan was born in Chennai, India to a Tamil family, and grew up in Mumbai. He learned Indian Classical Music and Carnatic music in his childhood and started playing Veena at the age of five. He played Veena in the first song of Bhimsen Joshi and Lata Mangeshkar together composed by Shrinivas Khale.He went to OLPS High School in Chembur.He graduated in 1988 with a degree in Computer Science Engineering from R.A.I.T (D Y Patil,Navi Mumbai), under the auspices of Mumbai University . As of now he sings songs in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada,Telugu, and Marathi.
Shankar Mahadevan was born in Chembur, a suburb of Mumbai, India to a Malayali family. He learned Indian Classical Music and Carnatic music in his childhood and started playing Veena at the age of five.
Though a software engineer by profession and having worked for Oracle Corporation, Shankar's interest in music made him venture into the field of music. He got his first break as a playback singer in a Bollywood movie. He later rose to stardom by releasing his first music album called Breathless. He later got into music direction and became a part of the Shankar Ehsaan Loy trio, composing music for Bollywood films.
Shankar Mahadevan has also provided vocals for several pieces by the Shakti group, which features maestros like A.R.Rahman, Zakir Hussain and John Mclaughlin.
He is also a mentor on Zee TV's musical reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009.*
Shankar Mahadevan is a versatile, contemporary Indian singer whose music has as much (probably more) to do with Western dance beats and pop styles as it does with the Indian classical tradition or typical Bollywood. Mahadevan first attained significant fame in India in 1998 when he scored a hit with the appropriately titled "Breathless," sung at a breakneck pace in a manner not unlike Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" or R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)." But his history goes back further than that -- he spent more than a decade working with the Swedish group Mynta and also collaborated with jazz guitar legend John McLaughlin on the latter's Remembering Shakti tours and Industrial Zen album. Mahadevan's grounding in both native Indian music and modern jazz and pop has served him well. This two-CD compilation is filled with urgent-sounding, pumped-up dancefloor blasters, devotional pieces with a classical base, romantic pop, film music (some written by the Bollywood icon A.R. Rahman), straight-ahead jazz, and semi-traditional songs that would more than satisfy a world music purist. Mahadevan is something of a one-stop, one-man tour of modern Indian music, a sign of what's ahead that still manages to pay its respects to what's come before.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy ((Hindi: शंकर - एहसान - लोय) is an acclaimed Indian musical trio consisting of Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa. Formed in India, they teamed together to provide music for several Indian Films. Some of their famous works includes scores for movies such as Mission Kashmir (2000), Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Bunty Aur Babli (2005) , Taare Zameen Par (2007) and most recently for Rock on!! (2008). They are currently working on My Name Is Khan and Wake up Sid. The trio often used Javed Akhtar to write the songs, as well as Gulzar, Sameer, and Prasoon Joshi.
2007: Yesudas Award for his outstanding contribution to Indian film music.
2000: Best Playback Singer (Male) win for song: "Yenna Solla Pogirai" from Kandukondain Kandukondain