picture: Viral Bhayani
Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy is a musical trio comprising Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa.
Together they have composed award-winning scores for films such as “Dil Chahta Hai”, “Bunty Aur Bubli”, “Kal Ho Na Ho”, “Taare Zameen Par”, “Rock On”, Don”, “Chandni Chowk To China” and “Luck By Chance”.
They won a National Award for their compositions in “Kal Ho Na Ho”.
The three musicians come from different backgrounds and their music combines elements of Indian, Western and fusion sounds.
Shankar has trained in Indian classical and Carnatic music and also plays the Veena. He won a National Award for playback singing in 2000 for a number in the Tamil film “Kandukondain Kandukondain”. His first private album, “Breathless”, was a big hit. He has been part of well-known fusion bands SILK and Remember Shakti.
Ehsaan is a well-known music composer and guitarist with an interest in blues and rock music.
Loy plays the keyboard, piano and harmonica and is known for his mastery over the electronic synthesiser.
The trio has also composed jingles for several commercials.