A four time National Award winner and an acclaimed playback singer, music composer and actor. He has created a niche for himself by lending his voice to approximately 2500 songs and has composed in over 50 Bollywood movies in the past 2 decades. He is most famous for his song Breathless is the year 1998 and even made it to the Guiness Book of World Records. Shankar Mahadevan is one of the experts in the Indian LIVE singing reality show, Rising Star 2. He was one of the experts in the first season too.