||This article's tone or style may not reflect the encyclopedic tone used on Wikipedia. (December 2007)|
Ravisankar was born and raised in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, to S. Ramachandran Nair and S. Hamsini Thankam. He started learning music during school days from his mother, who is a teacher at Bharatiya Vidyabhavan, Trivandrum. Later, he formally studied music under such renowned musicians as L. Vaikuntapaty, Perumbavoor G. Ravindranath and M. G. Radhakrishnan. Right from school days he took part in light music singing competitions such as the Kerala University and inter-university competitions, and won many prestigious prizes.
After completing schooling in Trivandrum, Ravisankar took a degree in Law from the Kerala Law Academy in Trivandrum, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management from Annamalai University. Though he started working as a lawyer, he soon realized that his long-term career revolved around his passion – music.
He debuted in payback singing in 1999, when he recorded his first movie song, Ponnolappanthalil Velippennayente Swayamvararajakumari Varumo.... It was recorded for the move Saaphalyam which was directed by G.S. Vijayan, and starred Suresh Gopi and Praveena. The song was written by Sri Kaithapram, and was composed by Sri M.G. Radhakrishnan.
Since then, he has come a long way in the playback singing field. His latest songs for 2007 are
- Two songs for the movie Love Birds and
- A song written by Gireesh Puthenchery for the movie Devdaas, which is the remake of the Telugu movie Devdaas.
Apart from film music, Ravisankar has recorded several albums, and is active with concerts and other musical programmes. He has also rendered voice to title songs for several television serials, which have gained much acclaim. The notable ones are for the serials Uma, Vikramadityan, Dial 100, Tenali Raman, Abhirami and Jeeva Jalakom, just to mention a few. His latest hit in this area is for Kudumbam, with the renowned Kaithapram – Johnson team.
Currently, Ravisankar is anchoring Raindrops, a musical live entertainer in the Malayalam channel Kairali. This program is aired live every Friday from 4PM to 5PM Indian Standard Time, and is much popular among music lovers, especially in the Middle East.
- "Ponnolappanthalil" - Saaphalyam
- "Ormakalil Nee" - Spandanam (Music Album) (2010)
- "Vanakokilaaravam" - Spandanam (Music Album) (2010)
- "Chemparathi Kammalittu" - Duet with Shreya Ghoshal for the movie Manikyakkallu (2011)