Shankar Mahadevan is one of the most successful singers and musicians India has witnessed in the recent times. Belonging to Tamil Iyer family, his inclination towards Hindustani classical and Carnatic music was obvious. His birth in Chembur, Maharashtra and his fluency in Tamil, Marathi and Hindi helped him in landing assignments within all these established film industries.
Shankar Mahadevan biography
|Known for||Hindustani classical Music, Carnatic Music and Singer (Playback Singing) and composer (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio)|
|Important dates||Birthday: 3rd March, 1967|
Chembur, Maharashtra, India
School: Our Lady of Perpetual Succour High School (OLPS) and SIES college of Arts, Commerce and Science
College: Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology, Navi Mumbai
Mother: Seetha Narayan
Spouse: Sangeeta Mahadevan
Children: Siddharth and Shivam Mahadevan
Padmabhushan Shrinivas Khale
The musical journey for Shankar Mahadevan started at an early age of 4. While visiting his uncle’s house, he laid his hands on Harmonium and started playing. He learnt to play Veena by the age of 5. The inclination towards music didn’t stop him to get a degree in Engineering in Computer Science. He had a brief stint working in the software industry but his love music prevailed and forced him to venture into music.
His first notable performance came in form of the eponymous track of his first album Breathless released in the year 1998. Since then, there has no looking back for Shankar delivering strong performances one after another. His powerful voice and years of hard work in learning classical music has certainly helped him in hitting notes that leaves the audiences amazed. As a composer, Shankar Mahadevan believes that there is still vast scope of experimentation with classical music in movies. Being part of the trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, these musicians feel that its their inherent responsibility to acquaint Indian audiences with Carnatic music. There songs like ‘Mitwa’, ‘Sapno se bhare Naina’ are a few examples of such experimentations.
Mahadevan has worked with all the established musicians across all the film industries. His performances have earned him 4 national awards for playback singing.
Several Filmfare and other awards for Playback singing and Music direction.
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