Shankar Mahadevan
Mahadevan performing in 2009
Born (1967-03-03) 3 March 1967 (age 56)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India[1]
ChildrenSiddharth Mahadevan
Shivam Mahadevan
Musical career
GenresIndian music
  • Singer
  • composer
  • actor
Years active1994–present
Member ofShankar–Ehsaan–Loy

Shankar Mahadevan (born 3 March 1967) is an Indian singer, actor 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.[2]

Personal life and early career

Shankar Mahadevan was born in Chembur, Mumbai into a Palakkad Iyer family originally from Palakkad, Kerala.[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][10] After working for Leading Edge Systems (now Trigyn Technologies Limited), Mahadevan ventured into music.[11][12]

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.[13]


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

Main article: List of songs recorded by Shankar Mahadevan


Solo albums


Name Brand Composer Notes
Kuch Khaas Hai Hum Sabhi Mai[21] Dairy Milk
Chal Nikal Taiyaar Ho Ja[22] Delhi Disaster Management Authority Vaibhav Saxena



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  10. ^ "Eminent Alumni | RAIT". Retrieved 21 October 2020.
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  12. ^ "Folk music is above even classical music: Shankar Mahadevan". DNA India. 23 September 2018.
  13. ^ Kumar, R. ed., 2003. Essays on Indian music. Discovery Publishing House.
  14. ^ "Swaralaya Kairali Yesudas Award".
  15. ^ "Kerala State Film Awards". Kerala State Chalachitra Academy. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2021.
  16. ^ Juhan Samuel. "Mohan Lal, Kaniha to get best actor, actress award!". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 30 October 2009.
  17. ^ Antao, Lisa (1 October 2011). "Lata Mangeshkar Award for Shankar Mahadevan". The Times of India.
  18. ^ "Critics award: Gaddama adjudged best film". The Indian Express. 26 February 2011. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  19. ^ "Mohanlal, Prabhudheva and Shankar Mahadevan receive Padma Awards". The Indian Express. 11 March 2019.
  20. ^ Netaji and Chatrapati Shivaji featuring Bharat Maa 2.0 Ravi Murrugiah/ Shankar Mahadevan #ThaiManne, retrieved 19 August 2023
  21. ^ india, silicon (9 January 2016). "8 Indian Musicians Who Started Off As Ad Jingle Artists". silicon India.
  22. ^ Tyagi, Avantika (31 January 2015). "Blending music to create heady re-(mix)". The Times of India. noida.