Four-time National Award winning singer Shankar Mahadevan will be the star attraction in NABC2019. The renowned playback singer is also a member of the celebrated Bollywood Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy composing trio team. Born in Mumbai, Shankar learned Hindustani classical and Carnatic music in childhood, and began playing the veena at age five. He graduated with a degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering, worked for a while as a software professional and then ventured into music, creating waves with his debut album Breathless. Shankar has sung in many films for A. R. Rahman, Anu Malik and other music directors; his songs include 'Urvashi Take It Easy' from Humse Hai Muqabla (1995), 'I Love You' from Auzaar (1997) and 'Kay Sera Sera' from Pukar (2000). He has composed most of his Hindi songs (as part of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy), and has sung Tamil songs by a number of composers. Shankar's National Film Awards are 2000: Best Male Playback Singer - 'Yenna Solla Pogirai' (Kandukondain Kandukondain, 2000), 'Maa' (Taare Zameen Par, 2007), 'Bolo Na' (Chittagong, 2012), and Best Music Direction - Kal Ho Naa Ho (as part of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, 2004). He was the team captain, judge and mentor on the Star Plus musical show Music Ka Maha Muqqabla for the Shankar's Rockstars team, which won Music Ka Maha Muqqabala 2010.