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.
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Ravi Shankar Sharma or also known as Ravi is an Indian music director, who became popular for composing music for several Malayalam and Hindi films. He was born on March 3, 1926, in Delhi. Ravi has learned music by listening to his father, who sings Bhajan songs. He doesn’t have any formal training in classical music and instruments.
He had worked as an electrician to support the needs of his family. During the 50s, he decided to move to Bombay to pursue his dream. However, luck was not on him; he became homeless and only sleeps in Malad railway station. In the year 1952, playback singer and music director, discovered him and hired him to sing for the 1952 Hindi patriotic-historical film, Anand Math. Since then, there’s no looking back. Ravi has contributed several hit songs and earned Filmfare nominations for scoring music for films like Nikaah (1982), Ankhen (1968), Hamraaz (1967), Do Badan (1966), and Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960).
He bagged Filmfare Awards for Best Music Director in films like Khandan (1965) and Gharana (1961). Ravi has many songs that became popular in wedding events including Aaj Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, Doli Chadh Ke Dulhan Sasural Chali, etc. Ravi made a huge contribution in shaping Asha Bhosle’s career through the songs Sun Le Pukar Aai and Tora Man Darpan. He is also an instrument in making the late Mahendra Kapoor a popular Bollywood singer. He took a hiatus in 1970 until 1982. He also gave music for B.R. Chopra’s 1982 Bollywood film, Nikaah, and the song, Dil Ke Armaan Aansooyon Main Beh Gaye gave
a Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer.
In the 1980s, he returned to music direction as Bombay Ravi. He scored songs for Malayalam and Hindi films including the 1986 Malayalam film, Panchagni. The songs Aa Raatri Maanju Poyi and Saagarangale were hits. In 1988, he also scored music for Bharathan’s Vaisali. His association with Hariharan was considered as one of the best in the Malayalam film industry. He got married in 1946, but his wife died in the year 1986. They had three children namely, Ajay, Veena, and Chhaya. Ajay is married to film actress,
. Ravi died on March 7, 2012, due to prolonged illness.
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Ravi Shankar Sharma, often known as Ravi, was an Indian music director who wrote music for various Hindi and Malayalam films. Following a tremendous career in Hindi movies, he took a hiatus from the 1970s until 1984 before making a triumphant comeback in the Malayalam music industry as Bombay Ravi. Ravi Shankar Sharma was born in Delhi on March 3, 1926. He received no official musical training and instead managed to learn music by listening to his father sing devotional songs. Ravi Shankar learned how to play the harmonium and other classical instruments and started working as an electrician to support his family. In 1950, he chose to go to Bombay and pursue a career as a professional vocalist.
Ravi was destitute at first, living on the streets and sleeping near Malad railway station at night. Hemant Kumar spotted Ravi in 1952 and recruited him to do background vocals in Vande Mataram from the film Anand Math. Ravi had numerous successful songs and got nominated for Filmfare for these films: Chaudhvin Ka Chand in 1960, Do Badan in 1966, Hamraaz in 1967, Ankhen in 1968, and Nikaah in 1969. He received Filmfare Awards for Gharana in 1961 and Khandan in 1962. Waqt, Neel Kamal, and Gumraah are among his other successful flicks. He reemerged in the 1980s as Bombay Ravi, a music director in Malayalam (and a few Hindi) films. Hariharan, a Malayalam director, persuaded him to make this return in 1986. Panchagni was the first film.
Yesudas and Chitra's songs Saagarangale and Aa raatri maanju poyi were big successes. Hariharan's Nakhakshathangal was released the same year, and Chithra won her second National Award for the song Manjalprasaadavum through it. All of the songs from the 1989 Malayalam film Vaisali were massive hits, and Chithra won her third National Award for the song Indupushpam Choodi Nilkum from the same movie. The constant presence and pairing of Ravi Shankar and Hariharan are one of the best in Malayalam cinema history.