Shankar Mahadevan is an Indian singer and music composer. An accomplished musician in Tamil cinema, he is a part of the Shankar Ehsaan Loy trio team that provides music to Bollywood films.
Shankar Mahadevan was born in Chennai, India to a Tamil family, and grew up in Mumbai. He learned Indian Classical Music and Carnatic music in his childhood and started playing Veena at the age of five. He played Veena in the first song of Bhimsen Joshi and Lata Mangeshkar togeather composed by Shrinivas Khale].
He went to OLPS High School in Chembur.He graduated in 1988 with a degree in Electronics Engineering from R.A.I.T (D Y Patil,Navi Mumbai), under the auspices of Mumbai University . As of now he sings songs in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada,Telugu, Marathi, and Carnatic.
Though a software engineer by profession and having worked with Oracle Corporation, Shankar's interest in music made him venture into the field of music. He got his first award as a playback singer in Chennai film music, collaborating with A. R. Rahman and winning a National Film Award for his song in Kandukondain Kandukondain.
A prominent star in the Kodambakkam film industry, he later gained more recognition by releasing his first music album called Breathless. He later got into music direction and became a part of the Shankar Ehsaan Loy trio, composing music for Bollywood films.
He enjoys a successful run with Fusion-Jazz band SILK with Louis Banks on Keyboards, Sivamani on percussion, Sridhar Parthasarathy on Mridangam and Karl Peters on Bass Guitar.
Shankar Mahadevan has also provided vocals for several compositions of Remember Shakti which features maestros like [[Zakir Hussain (musician)|John McLaughlin, U. Srinivas and Selvaganesh Vinayakram.
He is also a mentor on Zee TV's musical reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009.
He was music director for the famous School chale hum song that used to come on Doordarshan (DD). He was singer as well for that song.