Shankar Mahadevan

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Shankar Mahadevan
Shankar Mahadevan performing with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Trio at Idea Rocks India concert in Bangalore. (6 April 2013) (photo - Jim Ankan Deka)
Shankar Mahadevan at Idea Rocks India concert in Bangalore. (6 April 2013)
Background information
Born (1967-03-03) 3 March 1967 (age 47)
Chembur, Mumbai, Maharashtra[1]
Genres Indian music, playback singing, composer
Occupations Singer, composer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1998–present
Associated acts Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
Website www.shankarmahadevan.com
Notable instruments
Veena

Shankar Mahadevan (born 3 March 1967 in Chembur, Mumbai, India) is an award-winning musical composer and playback singer who is part of the Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy composing trio team for many Indian films. He is a four-time winner of the National Award: three times for Best Male Playback Singer and once for Best Music Director. Mahadevan founded the Shankar Mahadevan Academy, which provides online music lessons in Indian music for students worldwide.

Early life[edit]

Mahadevan was born and raised in Chembur, a suburb of Mumbai,[1] into a Tamil Iyer family from Palakkad, Kerala.[2] He learned Hindustani classical and Carnatic music in childhood, and began playing the veena at age five. Mahadevan studied music under Shrinivas Khale, a Marathi composer, and attended Our Lady of Perpetual Succour High School in Chembur. He subsequently attended SIES College in Sion, completing his HSC. Mahadevan graduated in 1988 with a degree in computer science and software engineering from the Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology in Navi Mumbai, affiliated with Mumbai University, and was a software engineer for Oracle.[3] His wife Sangeeta is Maharashtrian and son Siddharth Mahadevan, also a singer, made his debut on the 2013 Bhaag Milkha Bhaag song "Zinda". Now he lives in Vashi, Navi Mumbai. Mahadevan is fluent in Marathi,Malayalam,Tamil, Hindi, Urdu and English.

Career[edit]

After working for Leading Edge Systems, Mahadevan ventured into music.[4] 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 received his first award as a playback singer in a Tamil movie, collaborating with A. R. Rahman and winning a National Film Award for Kandukondain Kandukondain. Well-known in the Kodambakkam film industry,

Mahadevan has sung in many films for A. R. Rahman, Anu Malik and other music directors; his songs include "Urvashi Take It Easy" from Humse Hai Muqabla (1995), "I Love You" from Auzaar (1997) and "Kay Sera Sera" from Pukar (2000). He has composed most of his Hindi songs (as part of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy), and has sung Tamil songs by a number of composers. Mahadevan has also sung in Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi (for composers including Shridhar Phadke and Ajay-Atul) and other regional languages. He was part of the fusion jazz band Silk, with Louis Banks on keyboards, Sivamani on percussion, Sridhar Parthasarathy on mridangam and Karl Peters on bass.

Mahadevan has also sung for Remember Shakti, featuring Zakir Hussain, Chandan Sharma, John McLaughlin, U. Srinivas and V. Selvaganesh. He was music director for School Chale Hum on Doordarshan and a mentor on the Zee TV musical reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009.

Mahadevan is a team captain, judge and mentor on the Star Plus musical show Music Ka Maha Muqqabla for the Shankar's Rockstars team, which won Music Ka Maha Muqqabala 2010. In 2008 and 2010 he performed at PULSE, India's second-largest intercollegiate festival, at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. In March 2009 Mahadevan performed at Ragam 09, an intercollegiate cultural festival hosted by the National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NITC) in Kerala. In February 2010 he performed at Kuruksastra 10, an intercollegiate cultural festival hosted by the SASTRA University, Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu.

In March 2011 Mahadevan began the Shankar Mahadevan Academy, which offers tutorials and virtual vocal courses in Carnatic and Hindustani classical music, religious chanting, Indian folk 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.

In 2013 the singer, Ehsaan and Loy performed a well-received, five-hour benefit concert for Lok Biradari Prakalp in Nagpur. On 7 February they performed at the day-two Pro Show of Riviera 2013 (the intercollegiate cultural festival of VIT University), Mahadevan's third performance at the campus. On 17 March 2013 he performed at Ragam 13, his second appearance at the festival. He also sang Telugu songs in movies such as Attarintiki Daredi, Gabbar Singh, Dookudu, etc.

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards
State Film Awards
South Indian International Movie Awards
Filmfare Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Star Screen Awards
Other awards

Filmography[edit]

As composer[edit]

As playback singer[edit]

Notable Tamil songs[edit]

Year Film Songs Composer
1997 Minsara Kanavu "Vennilave" (Sad) A. R. Rahman
V. I. P "Netru No No" Ranjit Barot
1999 Nilave Mugam Kaattu "Chittu Parakkudhu" Ilaiyaraaja
Rajasthan "Sorgathil Nikka" Ilaiyaraaja
Sangamam "Varaha Nadhikarai" A. R. Rahman
Mudhalvan "Mudhalvanae"
"Uppu Karuvaadu"
A. R. Rahman
2000 Alaipayuthey "Endrendrum Punnagai"
"September Madham"
A. R. Rahman
Vallarasu "Nenje Nenje" Deva
Kandukondain Kandukondain "Enna Solla Pogirai" A. R. Rahman
Kushi "Kattipudi Kattipudi Da" Deva
Appu "Vaada Vaa" Deva
Simmasanam "Adi Aalalankililye" S. A. Rajkumar
Parthen Rasithen "Thinnadhey" Bharathwaj
Rhythm "Thaniye" A. R. Rahman
Uyirile Kalanthathu "Kannal Vandu" Deva
Priyamaanavale "June July Maasathil" S. A. Rajkumar
Thenali "Thenali" A. R. Rahman
2001 Dheena "Kadhal Website Ondru" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Friends "Kuyilukku" Ilaiyaraaja
Minnale "Oh Mama" Harris Jayaraj
Rishi "Kaatrodu Puyalai" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Sonnal Thaan Kaadhala "Vela Vela" Vijaya T. Rajendar
Citizen "Pookara Pookara"
"Chikkimukki Kallu"
Deva
Narasimha "Egyptu Rani"
"Innoru Desiya Geetham"
Mani Sharma
Star "Thom Karuvil Irunthom" A. R. Rahman
Poovellam Un Vasam "Thalattum Kaatrae Vaa" Vidyasagar
Vedham "Hey Meenalochani"
"Oh Anbe Anbe"
Vidyasagar
Samudhiram "Azhagana Chinna Devadhai"
"Pineapple Vannathodu"
Sabesh-Murali
Chocklet "Dhuryodhana Dhuryodhana" Deva
Alli Thandha Vaanam "Vaadi Vaadi Naattukatta" Vidyasagar
Aalavandhan "Aalavandhan"
"Un Azhagukku"
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Paarthale Paravasam "Manmadha Masam" A. R. Rahman
Shahjahan "Sarakku Vechiruken" Mani Sharma
Majunu "Pada Pada Pattamboochi" Harris Jayaraj
2002 Alli Arjuna "Onne Onne" A. R. Rahman
Pammal K. Sambandam "Dindukallu" Deva
Gemini "Katta Katta" Bharathwaj
Thamizhan "La La La La Law" D. Imman
123 "Adada Nadanthu Varra" Deva
Ezhumalai "Maina Kunjo" Mani Sharma
Kadhal Samrajyam "Kalluri Padam" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Youth "Aal Thotta Boopathy" Mani Sharma
Baba "Dippu Dippu" A. R. Rahman
King "Achuvellam Pacharisi" Dhina
Album "Nilave" Karthik Raja
Bagavathi "Achamillai Achamillai"
"Kai Kai Vaikiraan"
Deva
Kadhal Azhivathillai "Pillayar Suzhi" Vijaya T. Rajendar
Villain "Thappu Thanda" Vidyasagar
Bala "En Kannan" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Mounam Pesiyadhe "Ey Nanbane Kobam"
"En Anbe En Anbe"
Yuvan Shankar Raja
2003 Dhool "Aasai Aasai" Vidyasagar
Vaseegara "Aaha Enbargal" S. A. Rajkumar
Dum "Kalakkuven Kalakkuven" Deva
Jayam "Kannamoochi" R. P. Patnaik
Kadhal Kondein "Manasu Rendum" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Alaudin "Hey Penne"
"Ukaandha"
Mani Sharma
Thennavan "Desa Kaatre" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Diwan "Gundu Pakkara" S. A. Rajkumar
Thiruda Thirudi "Manmatha Rasa" Dhina
Alai "Alai Adikkidhu" Vidyasagar
Anjaneya "Paavadai Panjavarnam" Mani Sharma
Thirumalai "Neeya Pesiyadhu" Vidyasagar
2004 Engal Anna "Aasai Arasa" Deva
Kovil "Kokku Meenai" Harris Jayaraj
Udhaya "Enna Enna" A. R. Rahman
Kuththu "Otha Viralu Kaattuna" Srikanth Deva
Aethiree "Saithaane Saithaane"
"Ichu Thariyaa"
Yuvan Shankar Raja
Jana "Konjam Uravinayum" Dhina
Perazhagan "Kaatru Enbatha" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Aaytha Ezhuthu "Hey Goodbye Nanba" A. R. Rahman
Sullan "Sandakozhi" Vidyasagar
Madurey "Machan Peru Madurey" Vidyasagar
Arasatchi "Ippadiyae" Harris Jayaraj
M. Kumaran "Thamizh Naatu" Srikanth Deva
Manmadhan "Vaanam Enaa" Yuvan Shankar Raja
2005 Thirupaachi "Kumbida Pona Dheivam" Dhina
Sachein "Va Va Va En Thalaiva" Devi Sri Prasad
Jithan "Ah Mudhal Akku Thanada" Srikanth Deva
Anniyan "Kumari" Harris Jayaraj
Daas "Vaa Vaa" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Anbe Aaruyire (Ah Aah) "Maramkothiye" A. R. Rahman
Thotti Jaya "Thotta Power Da”
"Achu Vellam”
Harris Jayaraj
Ghajini "Rangola" Harris Jayaraj
Sivakasi "Vaada Vaada" Srikanth Deva
Majaa "Thai Maasam"
”Chi Chi Chi”
Vidyasagar
Bambara Kannaley "Korukku Pettai" Srikanth Deva
Kanda Naal Mudhal "Erimalai Naane"
”Merke Merke”
Yuvan Shankar Raja
Aaru "Soda Bottle" Devi Sri Prasad
2006 Paramasivan "Undivil"
”Paramasivane”
Vidyasagar
Thirupathi "Thirupathi Vandha" Bharathwaj
Unakkum Enakkum "Pooparikka Neeyum" Devi Sri Prasad
Thimiru "Maana Madurai" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Sillunu Oru Kaadhal "Machakaari" A. R. Rahman
Veyil "Urugudhe Maragudhe" G. V. Prakash Kumar
Thagapansamy "Sangu Chakkara" Srikanth Deva
2007 Pokkiri "Mambazhamaam” Mani Sharma
Pori (film) "Eppadiyellam"
"Vedhala Dhevathaiye"
Dhina
Chennai 600028 "Saroja Saman Nikalo" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Karuppusamy Kuththagaithaarar "Karuppan Varan" Dhina
Kireedam "Vilayaadu Vilayaadu" G. V. Prakash Kumar
Satham Podathey "Azhagu Kutti Chellam" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Katradhu Thamizh "Vaazhkai Enbadhu" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Kannamoochi Yenada "Andru Vandhadhum"
"Putham Pudhu"
"Sanjaram Seyyum"
Yuvan Shankar Raja
Machakaaran "Jigiruthanda" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Polladhavan "Padichupathen" G. V. Prakash Kumar
Vel "Indha Ooril"
"Onnapola"
Yuvan Shankar Raja
Oram Po "Idhu Enna Maayam" G. V. Prakash Kumar
Billa "Vethalaiya Potendi" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Vaal Natchathiram "Iravil Bayandhen"
"Ooi Ooi"
"Mannil Vinmeengal"
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
2008 Subramaniapuram "Kadhal Siluvayil” James Vasanthan
Kuselan "Cinema Cinema" G. V. Prakash Kumar
Saroja "Nimirindhu Nil" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Aegan "Hey Baby" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Thenavattu "Usilampatti Sandhaiyila" Srikanth Deva
Silambattam "Thamizh Endral Naan" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Thiruvannamalai "Emmaiyalum"
"Siva Siva"
Srikanth Deva
2009 Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu "Kabadi Kabadi” V. Selvaganesh
Siva Manasula Sakthi "Oru Adangapidari" Yuvan Shankar Raja
1977 "Vanga Kadal" Vidyasagar
Yavarum Nalam "Yavarum Nalam"
"Kaatriley Vaasame"
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Ananda Thandavam "Megam Pola" G. V. Prakash Kumar
Naadodigal "Sambho Siva Sambho" Sundar C Babu
Vedigundu Murugesan "Seene Sovu Siripukaari" Dhina
Vettaikaaran "Naan Adicha" Vijay Antony
Kandhakottai "Dishyum Dishyum" Dhina
2010 Jaggubhai "Apple Laptop” Rafee
Thamizh Padam "Oru Sooravali" Kannan
Kola Kolaya Mundhirika "Aasa Machaane" V. Selvaganesh
Raavanan "Kaattu Sirukki" A. R. Rahman
Thillalangadi "Thothu Ponen" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Moscowin Kavery "Athikaalai Pookal" S. Thaman
Drohi "Sambhavaami Yuge Yuge" V. Selvaganesh
Chikku Bukku "Oru Nila" Colonial Cousins
Virudhagiri "Makkal Oru Puram" Sundar C Babu
Thenmerku Paruvakaatru "Chinna Chinnankaatula" N. R. Raghunanthan
2011 Pathinaaru "Vaanam Namadhe” Yuvan Shankar Raja
Thoonga Nagaram "Nee Siricha Kondattam" Sundar C Babu
Aadu Puli "Oorellam" Sundar C Babu
Seedan "Valliyamma"
"Yadhumaagiye"
Dhina
Kullanari Koottam "Kullanari Koottam" V. Selvaganesh
Ra. One (Tamil) "Pachai Poove"
"Poovulagama"
"Yaarukum Nenje"
Vishal-Shekhar
Poraali "Yaar Ivan" Sundar C Babu
Don 2 (Tamil) "Yaarum Ariyadha" Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
2012 Kollaikaran "Saami Kutham” AL Johan
Saguni "Kandha Kaara Vada" G. V. Prakash Kumar
Mirattal "Ringa Ringa Radio" Pravin Mani
Podaa Podi "I Am A Kuthu Dancer" Dharan
Vishwaroopam "Unnai Kaanadhu Naan" Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
2013 Haridas "Annayin Karuvil” Vijay Antony
Singam II "Vaale Vaale" Devi Sri Prasad
Pattathu Yaanai "Thalakaal Puriyala" S. Thaman
Arrambam "Adadada Arrambame" Yuvan Shankar Raja
2014 Jilla "Paattu Onnu" D. Imman

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Puri, Amit (21 October 2002). "Nerd who started at 5 and still not Breathless". Tribune India. Archived from the original on 10 March 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "I am a Malayali grew up in Mumbai. Shankar Mahadevan's Interview with John Brittas on Kairali TV". 
  3. ^ "Shankar". Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Yasir (6 November 2003). "Striking the right note... for his supper". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Swaralaya Kairali Yesudas Award". Thiraseela.com. 
  6. ^ "Critics award: 'Gaddama' adjudged best film". Indian Express. 2011-02-26. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 

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