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Shankar Mahadevan

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.[2]

Personal life and early career[edit]

Shankar Mahadevan was born in ChemburMumbai into a Tamil Hindu family originally from PalakkadKerala.[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[edit]

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
  • 2019: Padma Shri Award for his contributions to Film Music under the category Arts.[19]
  • 2023: Awarded a honorary doctorate (honoris causa degree) by Birmingham City University. [2]


As actor[edit]

As composer[edit]

As playback singer