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 with wife Sangeeta Mahadevan and sons Siddharth and Shivam - Mythical India
Shankar Mahadevan with wife Sangeeta Mahadevan and sons Siddharth and Shivam

Shankar Mahadevan biography

NameShankar Mahadevan
Known forHindustani classical Music, Carnatic Music and Singer (Playback Singing) and composer (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio)
Personal Life
Important datesBirthday: 3rd March, 1967
Important placesBirthplace:
Chembur, Maharashtra, India
Educational qualifications

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


Father: NA

Mother: Seetha Narayan

Spouse: Sangeeta Mahadevan

Children: Siddharth and Shivam Mahadevan

Professional life


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.

Achievements and


  • Best Male Playback Singer – 2000 – “Yenna Solla Pogirai” (National Film Awards)
  • Best Male Playback Singer – 2000 – “Maa” – Taare Zameen Par (National Film Awards)
  • Best Male Playback Singer – 2012 – “Bolo na” – Chittagong (National Film Awards)
  • Nandi Award for Best Male Playback Singer – 2008
  • Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer – 2008

Music Direction:

  • Best Music Direction – 2004 – “Kal Ho Naa Ho” (National Film Awards)

Several Filmfare and other awards for Playback singing and Music direction.

Lesser Known Facts

  1. Shankar Mahadevan appeared first on television in a TV Serial “Ek se badhkar ek”. The serial was a song countdown aired on DD National.
  2. The singer made his debut in movies through a Marathi flick “Katyar Kaljat Ghusali“. The film was both a critical and commercial success.
  3. He is among a few in the movie industry who graduated and has engineering degree in Computer Science. Some say that he worked for software major Oracle before giving all up to foray into the world of music.
  4. Shankar has founded “Shankar Mahadevan Academy” which imparts music lessons to students worldwide.
  5. His elder son Siddharth Mahadevan is also a playback singer who made his debut in the movie “Bhag Milkha Bhag” with song Zinda.
  6. He has judged and mentored several musical reality shows on television.
  7. The famous campaign by the Government of India for Child education, “School chale hum” was directed by Shankar.