Shankar Mahadevan is an Indian singer and music composer. He is a part of the Shankar Ehsaan Loy trio team that provides music to Bollywood films.
Shankar Mahadevan was born in Chembur, a suburb of Mumbai, India to a Malayali family. He learned Indian Classical Music and Carnatic music in his childhood and started playing Veena at the age of five.
Though a software engineer by profession and having worked for Oracle Corporation, Shankar's interest in music made him venture into the field of music. He got his first break as a playback singer in a Bollywood movie. He later rose to stardom 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.
Shankar Mahadevan has also provided vocals for several pieces by the Shakti group, which features maestros like A.R.Rahman, Zakir Hussain and John Mclaughlin.
He is also a mentor on Zee TV's musical reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009.*