Shankar Mahadevan

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Shankar Mahadevan
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Mahadevan performing in 2009
Born (1967-03-03) 3 March 1967 (age 57)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Children2, including Siddharth
Musical career
Genres Indian music
  • Singer
  • composer
Years active1994–present
Member of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy

Shankar Mahadevan (born 3 March 1967) is an Indian singer and composer who is part of the Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy trio that writes music for Indian films. In 2023, he was awarded a honorary doctorate (honoris causa degree) by Birmingham City University. [1]


Personal life and early career

Shankar Mahadevan was born in Chembur, Mumbai into a Palakkad Tamil Iyer family originally from Palakkad, Kerala. [2] [3] [4] [5] He learned Hindustani classical and Carnatic music as a child, and began playing the veena at the age of five under Shri Lalitha Venkataraman. Mahadevan studied music under Pandit Shrinivas Khale [6] [7] and T.R. Balamani. [8]

He is an alumnus of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour High School, Chembur and 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 the company, Leading Edge. [9] After working for Leading Edge Systems (now Trigyn Technologies Limited), Mahadevan ventured into music. [10] [11]

He has two sons, Siddharth Mahadevan and Shivam Mahadevan, both of whom are singers.

Musical career

Mahadevan got early fame as an indipop star with his fusion of Carnatic, Hindustani and Jazz. At that time, his non-film album, Breathless topped the Indian music charts in 1998. [12]


The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Padma Shree Award to Shri Shankar Mahadevan, at an Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 11 March 2019 Padma Shri Shankar Mahadevan.jpg
The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Padma Shree Award to Shri Shankar Mahadevan, at an Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 11 March 2019


As actor

As composer

As playback singer


Solo albums


List of Shankar Mahadevan jingles
"Kuch Khaas Hai Hum Sabhi Mai"Dairy Milk[ citation needed ]
"Chal Nikal Taiyaar Ho Ja"Delhi Disaster Management AuthorityVaibhav Saxena [23]


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