Shankar Mahadevan: Promote Indian music instead of western in schools

Shankar Mahadevan was born in Chembur, Mumbai in a Tamil Iyer family; he learned Hindustani classical and Carnatic music as a child, and began playing the veena at the age of five

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Shankar Mahadevan

Shirdi: Noted Bollywood composer and singer Shankar Mahadevan has rued that English music is being taught in some schools of the country instead of the Indian classical music.

Born on 3 March 1967, Mahadevan is an Indian singer and composer who is part of the Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy composing trio team for Indian films. The Breathless singer said he is now trying to teach talented music aspirants, who hail from poor background, through his academy free of cost.

“Why is English music being taught in some schools? The government should make arrangements to promote Indian classical music among students,” he told reporters here on Monday.

“I am working with many schools and at present, I have taken up the ‘Inspire India’ project to make music accessible to poor students through the Shankar Mahadevan Academy free of cost,” he said.

The music director was in Shirdi town of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra along with his family members to offer prayers at the famous Sai Baba temple.

He said his academy has been promoting Indian music in 76 countries across the world.

To a query about a single contestant winning music-related competitions on various TV channels, causing disappointment to other competitors, Mahadevan said the names of other participants remain in the minds of spectators and this gives them benefit in future.

These contestants have also been earning by performing at various cultural events, birthday parties and marriage functions, he added.

Formative years of Shankar Mahadevan

Shankar Mahadevan was born in Chembur, Mumbai in a Tamil Iyer family. He learned Hindustani classical and Carnatic music as a child, and began playing the veena at the age of five. Mahadevan studied music under Pandit Shrinivas Khale.

Mahadevan graduated in 1988 with a degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology in Navi Mumbai, affiliated to Mumbai University, and was a software engineer for the company, Leading Edge.