Shankar Alcatena Bibliography

Stuart G. Shanker, (born October 14, 1952), is a distinguished research professor of Philosophy and Psychology at York University[1] and the Founder/CEO of The MEHRIT Centre (TMC). He is an acclaimed author and international speaker.[2] He is best known as Canada's leading expert in the psychophysiological theory of self-regulation.[3][4]


Shanker began his university education at the University of Toronto, Ontario.[5] He won several awards while there, including a scholarship to study at the University of Oxford.[6] While studying at Oxford, he obtained a first in PPE.[7] In addition, he completed his Bachelor of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy and was awarded the position of postdoctoral research fellow at Christ Church, Oxford.[8] After completing his research fellowship, Shanker began as an associate professor of philosophy at York University where he quickly moved up the rank of full professor 3 years later.[8]


Shanker's most notable works include: Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (And You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life (2016), with Teresa Barker;[9]Calm, Alert, and Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation (2012),[10]El Rizoma de la Racionalidad, with Pedro Reygadas (2008), Early Years Study 2: Putting Science into Action (2007) with James Fraser Mustard and Margaret McCain,[11]Human Development in the 21st Century (2007)[12] with Alan Fogel and Barbara King, Apes, Language and the Human Mind (1998) with Sue Savage-Rumbaugh and Talbot Taylor.,[13]The First Idea: How Symbols, Language, and Intelligence Evolved from our Primate Ancestors to Modern Humans (2004) with Stanley Greenspan.

Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (And You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life, is a parenting book which explains how to support self-regulation in children by alleviating the negative impact of stress. According to Shanker, many behaviour, mood, emotional, learning and developmental problems are caused or exacerbated by an overactive stress system. Shanker proposes a method, called Self-Reg, for managing stress and energy flow in order to reduce the impact of an overactive stress response system on children’s day-to-day functioning and development. The method starts with reframing children’s behaviour and emotional problems as stress problems and identifying and reducing stressors in the five domains discussed in Calm, Alert and Learning. The book identifies hidden stressors that affect some children in our society and also discusses the epidemic of stress and anxiety in today’s children and parents.

Calm, Alert, and Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation is a practical guide for educators (and parents) about the recent research into self-regulation, explaining the crucial difference between self-regulation and self-control. Whereas the latter refers to the effort required to inhibit impulses, the former addresses the causes of those impulses in the first place. The book takes the reader through the five principal domains of self-regulation (physical, emotion, cognitive, social and prosocial) and how stresses unique to each of these domains impact all of the others, creating a multiplier effect. All too often, this results in problems with attention, emotion regulation, or behaviour that are mistakenly seen as due to poor self-control or lack of effort when, in fact, they are the result of a heightened stress load. The reader is presented with practical methods of reducing the respective stresses in a classroom context.


  1. ^"Distinguished Research Professors". York University: Vice-President Academic & Provost. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  2. ^"Nurturing the Next Generation (NTNG)". Peel Public Health. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  3. ^"Peterborough parent group hosts event on child self-regulation on Wednesday". My Kawartha. Peterborough This Week. November 4, 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  4. ^"Calm, Alert, and Learning". Pearson Canada. Pearson Canada. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  5. ^(2006). Shanker, Stuart G. Retrieved from
  6. ^Dr. Stuart Shanker [PDF document]. Retrieved from Northwest Territories Web site:
  7. ^"Dr. Stuart Shanker". Healthy Start, Healthy Future. HSHF. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  8. ^ ab(2006). Stuart Shanker [PDF document]. Retrieved from the Centros de Desarrollo Infantil del Frente Popular "Tierra y Libertad" Web site:
  9. ^Shanker, Stuart (2016). Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (And You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life. Canada: Viking. ISBN 9780670068296. 
  10. ^Shanker, Stuart (2012). Calm, Alert, and Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation. Toronto, Ontario: Pearson Canada. 
  11. ^J. Fraser Mustard, Margart McCain, and Stuart Shanker, Early Years Study II. Toronto, The Council of Early Child Development. 2007
  12. ^Alan Fogel, Barbara King and Stuart Shanker, Human development in the 21st Century. Cambridge, Mass: Cambridge University Press. 2007
  13. ^E.S. Savage-Rumbaugh, S.G. Shanker, and Talbot J. Taylor, Apes, Language and Mind. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

External links[edit]

Epidemic of Stress [1]

  • Anxiety [2]
  • Hidden Stressors [3]

In this Indian name, the name Shanmugam is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Shankar.

S. Shankar
BornShankar Shanmugam
(1963-08-17) 17 August 1963 (age 54)[1]
Kumbakonam, Madras State, India
ResidenceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationFilm director, film producer, screenwriter
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Easwari Shankar
ChildrenAishwarya Shankar
Aditi Shankar
Arjith Shankar

Shankar Shanmugam (born 17 August 1963), credited mononymously as Shankar, is an Indian film director and producer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema. He was identified by S. A. Chandrasekhar. Recognized for directing high budget films, he is also a pioneer of vigilante movies in Tamil. He made his directorial debut in Gentleman (1993) produced by K. T. Kunjumon, for which he was awarded the Filmfare Best Director Award and the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director. He is the highest paid film-maker in India among his contemporaries.[2]

Two of his films, Indian (1996) and Jeans (1998), were submitted by India for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. he was awarded an honorary doctorate by M. G. R. University.

Early life[edit]

Shankar was born on 17 August 1963 in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu to Muthulakshmi and Shanmugam in an Isai Vellalar family. He completed his diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Central Polytechnic College before entering the film industry.[1] He was roped into the film industry as a screenwriter by S. A. Chandrasekhar, who accidentally saw the drama stage shows made by Shankar and his team. He wanted to be an actor initially, he chose to be a director instead and became one of the leading directors in Indian Cinema.



Shankar began his career as an assistant to film directors like S. A. Chandrasekhar & Pavithran.[1] His first break in Hindi films was as an assistant director to S. A. Chandrasekhar in Jai Shiv Shankar produced by Rajesh Khanna. In 1993, he made his directional debut through Gentleman. Starring Arjun Sarja in the lead role, the film was made with a higher budget in Tamil cinema during that time, won positive response and became a blockbuster.[3]A. R. Rahman, the film's music composer continued to work with Shankar in his following 6 directorial ventures.

His second film Kadhalan, a romantic-action film was released in the following year, had Prabhu Deva in the lead role. In 1996, he collaborated with Kamal Haasan for Indian. It was dubbed in Hindi as Hindustani It was dubbed in [telugu] as [Bharateeyudu] . The film was selected as the country's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Following Indian, Shankar began work on Jeans, which released in 1998 and became the most expensive film in Indian cinema at that time with a budget of ₹ 200 million. Upon release, it became one of the highest grossing Tamil films of the 1990s. He made his production debut through Mudhalvan (1999), was launched with Arjun Sarja playing the lead. After the actor cited schedule conflicts, Arjun Sarja joined the project.


At the same time, Shankar started to work on his next film which was supposed to be a science fiction film titled Robot, but the project could not move forward due to budgeting problems. Instead, he opted to remake Mudhalvan in Hindi as Nayak, thus making his Bollywood debut.

His musical entertainer film Boys was released in 2003, which received mixed response from the critics and audience, prompting it to do only average business. His psychological thrillerAnniyan, featuring Vikram in three distinct characters (Ambi, Remo & Anniyan) was released in 2005 with Harris Jayaraj as the composer for his film. Anniyan turned out to become the second highest grossing Tamil film of 2005. Shortly after the release of Anniyan, it was reported that Shankar had teamed up with Rajinikanth and AVM Productions for a film. He renewed his association with A. R. Rahman with the film. Sivaji was made at a budget of ₹ 600 million,[4] the most expensive Indian film at that time. He was paid with a record salary of ₹100 million for the film. After two years of filming, the film released in 2007. Ultimately it went on to become one of the highest grossing Tamil films of that time.[5]


Following Sivaji, Shankar revisited the possibilityes of opinion regarding the script, he later decided to make the project in Tamil with Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai. The film was produced by South Indian media proprietor, Kalanithi Maran, was renamed as Enthiran and was made on a budget of ₹1.32 billion, the most expensive Indian film. Some reports also make it one of the highest grossing Tamil films of the time.[6][7] After initial reports indicating that Shankar's next film is entitled to be with Siddharth, Shankar started to work on Nanban, the Tamil remake of the 2009 Hindi film 3 Idiots starring Vijay, Jeeva and Srikanth. The film opened in January 2012. After Nanban, it was wrongly reported that Shankar's next film would be called Therdal.[8] On 21 June 2012, Shankar announced his next film named I.[9] A romantic ting revenge upon the people who turned him into a hunchback. Vikram played the lead role, collaborating with Shankar again after Anniyan (2005), while Amy Jackson was the female lead. The film, made over a period of two and half years, released on 14 January 2015 to mixed reviews but earned almost ₹2 billion in 19 days.[10] He is currently working on the production of 2.0, a sequel to Enthiran.

Personal life[edit]

Shankar family includes his father Shanmugam, mother Muthulakshmi, his wife Easwari and two daughters and a son.


As director, writer and producer[edit]

Other credited works[edit]

1986Vasantha RaagamUncredited role as a printing press worker
Poovum PuyalumUncredited role
1990SeethaUncredited role
1994KadhalanLyricist for "Pettai Rap"
Special appearance in the song "Kadhalikum Pennin"
2002Kadhal VirusSpecial appearance as himself
2007Sivaji: The BossSpecial appearance in the song "Balleilakka"
2010EnthiranSpecial appearance
2012NanbanSpecial appearance in the song "Asku Laska"


Submissions for the Academy Award[edit]

See also: List of Indian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

National Film Award[edit]

Filmfare Awards South[edit]

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards[edit]

Vijay Awards[edit]


External links[edit]

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