Ravi Shankar Sharma
was an Indian music director whose contribution to the Malayalam and Hindi films can’t be spoken of or just typed. Ravi was born in Delhi to a poor family. He had to work as an electrician, to manage the daily expenses of the family. He grew up with a passion towards music, listening to his father’s bhajans. He did not attend any music classes. He also taught him selves to play the instruments. He decided to go Bombay to become a professional singer in 1950. He worked very hard in Bombay, both in learning, getting an opportunity in the industry, as well as to manage the daily expenses. He got his breakthrough from song. He was called to sing it for the film. After this, he got many offers from several people.
He kept giving hit songs frequently, of which, many earned Filmfare nominations, and a few of them had even won. His notables include Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960), ‘
’ (1961), Do Badan (1966), ‘Hamraaz’ (1967), ‘Ankhen’ (1968), and ‘Nikaah’ (1982). He has the pride of presenting
, , etc. to the music world. He then took a long break from 1970 to 1982 after which he made a comeback in the Malayalam industry in the later 80s; when he took the role of music director in his first Malayalam film, ‘
’. Soon, he started working in other films as well.
Regarding his personal life, he has two daughters and a son. His wife passed away in 1986. They were married in 1946. His son is married to a Marathi actress.