Ravi Shankar, popularly known as Ravi was admitted to the hospital on Monday following prolonged illness. He is native of Delhi and learned his childhood lessons of music from his father who recited Bhajans. Ravi Shankar reached Mumbai in 1950 and entered the film field as a playback singer through the Hindi film Vachan. In Mumbai, he had no place to reside and slept at Madgav railway station during that period as he was in penury. Later he began to compose music.
Chaud vin ka chand, Dho badhan, Hamras, Ankein, Nikah are some of his hit movies. He scored music for fourteen Malayalam films. 'Indu pushpam choodi nilkum', 'Manjal prasadavum nettiyal', 'Aa raathri manju poyi', 'Chandanalepa sugandham', 'Swara raga Ganga prvahame' are few of his Malayalam music compositions that became a rage among the Malayalees.