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Shankar Mahadevan

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Shankar Mahadevan was born on 3 March 1967 in Chembur, Mumbai into a Iyer family from Palakkad, Kerala. He learnt Hindustani classical and Carnatic music in his childhood, he started playing veena from the age of 5.  Mahadevan 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 Leading Edge. Mahadevan was fluent in Hindi, Tamil, Marati, Telugu and English.

 

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Career

After working for Leading Edge Systems (now Trigyn Technologies Limited), Mahadevan took a dare step into music. Mahadevan was noted for the release of his first album (Breathless) in 1998. The album’s title track was engineered to seem to be sung in one breath, hence its title. He later ventured into music direction and became part of the Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy trio, composing for Hindi films. He has worked with several top composers including Rahman, Ilayaraja, Yuvan Shankar Raja (for whom he has sung the maximum number of songs in Tamil), Harris Jayaraj, Vidyasagar, Mani Sharma, Devi Sri Prasad, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Vijay Antony, S.S. Thaman, Anirudh Ravichander and others.

Mahadevan is a team captain; judge and mentor on the Star Plus musical show Music Ka Maha Muqqabla for the Shankar’s Rock stars team, which won Music Ka Maha Muqqabala 2010. In March 2011 Mahadevan founded the Shankar Mahadevan Academy along with Sridhar Ranganathan, his classmate and friend from his college days. The academy offers tutorials and virtual with live teachers for vocal courses in Carnatic and Hindustani classical music, religious chanting, Indian folk music, Indie music and Bollywood songs. He was 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. Mahadevan is a mentor on the Zee TV musical reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2012.

 

Personal Life

Sankar Mahadevan Married Sangeetha, a Maharashtrian. The couple had 2 sons. Elder one is Siddarth Mahadevan was also a singer, he made his debut in 2013 with a song in movie “Zinda”. Their youngest son Shivam Mahadevan was also a singer; he made his debut in 2013 with a song in Dhoom-3.

 

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Awards

2000: National Film Award Best Male Playback Singer - "Yenna Solla Pogirai" (Kandukondain Kandukondain)

2000: Star Screen Award Nominated for Best Background Music for Mission Kashmir (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)

2001: Star Screen Award Best Music Direction for Dil Chahta Hai (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)

2001: Filmfare Award Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent for Dil Chahta Hai (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)

2003: Filmfare Award Best Music Direction for Kal Ho Naa Ho (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)

2004: National Film Award Best Music Direction - Kal Ho Naa Ho (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)

2005: Star Screen Award Best Music Direction for Bunty aur Babli (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)

2005: Filmfare Award Best Music Direction for Bunty Aur Babli (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)

2005: Best Playback Singer for "Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana"

2007: Swaralaya-Kairali-Yesudas Award for outstanding contribution to Indian film music

2007: National Film Award Best Male Playback Singer - "Maa" (Taare Zameen Par)

2008: State Film Award Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer - "Kalyaana Kacheri" (Madampi)

2008: State Film Award Nandi Award for Best Male Playback Singer - Venkatadri

2009: Star Screen Award Nominated for Best Music Direction for Rock On!! (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)

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: Lata Mangeshkar Award on 28 September

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)

2012: National Film Award Best Male Playback Singer - "Bolo Na" (Chittagong)

2014: Filmfare Award Best Music Direction for 2 States (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)

2015: Tulu Cinemotsava Awards for Best Playback Singer -Rikshaw Driver(Tulu Movie)

2015: Filmfare Award Best Music Direction (Marathi) for Katyar Kaljat Ghusli (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)

2015: Filmfare Award Filmfare Award Best Male Playback Singer (Marathi) for Katyar Kaljat Ghusli (Song "Soor Niragas Ho")

2017: Nominated for Best Playback Singer for "Janatha Garage"

 

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