Shankar Mahadevan, a well-renowned, talented and famous music composer, and singer. An accomplished musician in Tamil cinema, he is a part of the Shankar Ehsaan Loy trio team that provides music to Bollywood and other International films. He has won various Indian and multiple National Film Award. His most famous albums include, “Breathless“- Album that first gave him fame, including the song, "Breathless," in which he sings throughout the whole song without pausing to breathe and “Nine” - Nine is Shankar's most recent album. Each song is a representation of a "mood," including joy, sadness, love, etc. He was also 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 which is a thing of pride. Shankar has always considered himself as a restless student wanting to learn more every time. He says he’s thirsty and want to learn every time and experiment with something new. He wants to be a perfectionist. Shanker also feels that Karnatak music is the most powerful form of music and he himself started with Karnataka classic which he says is the best to create a prominent base for music. Music is the thing which excites Shanker the most, and he would always be attached to it. Personal Life: Shanker Mahadevan was born in Chennai to a Tamil family but was later brought to Mumbai and was raised there. Being born into a Tamil family and later raised in Mumbai, he knows both Hindi and Tamil language but is not well versed with Tamil and Malayalam. He finished his schooling from OLPS High School in Chembur and his engineering in computer science from R.A.I.T (D Y Patil, Navi Mumbai). His wife, Sangeeta is Maharashtrian and oldest son
Siddharth Mahadevan. Also, a singer, made his debut on the 2013 Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’s song, Zinda. Shankar’s youngest son,
Shivam Mahadevan, also a singer made his debut in 2013 in the movie Dhoom 3’s song, Bande Hain Hum Uske. Mahadevan is fluent in Marathi, Tamil, Hindi, Urdu and English.
Career: Shankar learned Indian Classical Music and Carnatic music in his childhood and started playing Veena at the age of five. He was interested in instruments since the age of 4. Shankar belonged to a middle-class family and wanted a secure career. It was difficult to start a career as a singer. Therefore he had to choose from either engineering or medical. He completed his engineering and started working with Oracle Corporation. He started working with fusion band-Divya and later worked for Leading Edge Systems. In 1998, he released his first album, Breathless, in which he sang in one breath, and that’s why the name. He later ventured into music direction and became part of the Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy trio, composing for Hindi films. Awards: Shanker Mahadevan received various awards and the first award as a playback singer in Chennai film music, collaborating with A. R. Rahman and winning a National Film Award for his song in
Kandukondain Kandukondain. His other award list consists of ’Best Music Direction’ win for
Dil Chahta Hai in 2001. In 2003, it was ‘Best Music Direction’ win for Kal Ho Naa Ho. Also, in the year 2005 ‘Best Music Direction’ win again for
Bunty Aur Babli. In 2007, it was Yesudas Award for his outstanding contribution to Indian film music. In 2008 as ‘Best Male Playback Singer’ for "Maa" from
Taare Zameen Par) In 2012 again a ‘Best Male Playback Singer’ for "Bolo Na" (Chittagong) Except these, Shankar received other various State, Film fare and Star Screen awards and has a huge collection of awards.