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Nerd who started at 5 and still not Breathless
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Shankar Mahadevan
Shankar Mahadevan

Birth Place: Chembur, Mumbai

Qualification: Software Engineer

Top Hits: Breathless, Josh, Dil chahta hai, Koi kahe kehta rahe

SHANKAR Mahadevan was born in a Chembur, Mumbai. Shankar studied in a school named O L P S, and he did engineering in computer science after that. He got exposed to the right musical circle since childhood and started playing veena when he was five. His first solo performance was when he was 11. Renowned gurus of music taught him the classical music. Guru T.R. Balamani was his main teacher, who taught him Carnatic music. He also got training from Late Tara Devi and the great Marathi composer, Srinivas Khale, treated him like a son.

Shankar is a software engineer. He worked at Oracle Corporation for some time. But he gave up the job for music.

With the help of his friends, which included Sivamani, Louis Banks, Zakir Hussain and Ranjit Barot he began to sing and compose for documentaries and advertisements.

Shankar got his first film break in the film Muhaafiz. He sang ghazal in the film. He got more assignments but most of them were to sing in the background as a supporting singer for songs sung by regular singers. He sang for films like Ghatak (Koi Aaye To Le Aaye), Gupt, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram), O Darling Yeh Hai India, Aar Ya Paar, China Gate (for Amrish Puri in ‘Chamma Chamma’), Duplicate, Manchalaa, Pardes, Sapnay, Dillagi etc.

Gradually he got some more songs to sing as main singer. His classical songs for the film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam proved his singing capability.

Shankar favourite western groups are Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerin and Weather Report.


From this link we can download songs of film Dil chahta hai, which are sung by Shankar Mahadevan. Site provides the songs in MP3 format and easy to download. Dil chahta hai and Koi kahe kehta rahe are the songs sung by Shankar that are available for download.


This is a site, dedicated to Shankar Mahadevan’s Breathless. Main, Himself, Music, Listen, Buy Album, Groups and Lyrics are the main sections of the site. Though all music links are not working, this site provides good information about the singer and the song Breathless.


On the top of the page there is a search engine provided to search the songs by song name, artist name, album name and music directors name. In the search box type "Shankar Mahadevan" and the result page provides us ten songs by Shankar to listen online. The list includes Dil chahta hai, Koi kahe kehta rahe (both from film Dil chahta hai), Ruki sukhi roti (from film Nayak) etc.