Shanmugham Venkatesh (born 23 November 1977) is an Indian football player from Bangalore who represented India over a number of international matches.He has been playing international matches representing India since the year 1997 in various age group (Under-19,Under -23 and Senior Team). He is the one of the best midfield player in India. Venkatesh first started playing with his brother Dakshina Murthy for ADE ( Aeronautical Development Establishment). Initially he learned many aspects from his brother. When Venkatesh played for ITI ( Indian Telephone Industries) then veteran coach Krishnaji Rao who found and coached him. Venkatesh named as the "Player of the year"(2004–05) by the All India Football Federation. He is the first Bangalore player to get this award.
Venkatesh is running an academy called " "Venkatesh Youth FootBall Academy" in Bangalore, at present giving training for 50 youth under the age group of Under-12 and Under-14 coached by his brother Dakshina Murhty.
Currently he is playing for the Pune FC. On December 3, 2010 Venkatesh started in Pune FC first game of the season, a tie 1-1 against Mohun Bagan.
Played for Official Indian Football Team
Shanmugham Venkatesh was member of Indian Football Team in the following Tournaments.
Rajiv Gandhi Gold Cup Tournament held at Goa 9U-23), 1997