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Ravisankar was born and raised in Trivandrum, Kerala, India, to Sri S. Ramachandran Nair and Smt. 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 Sri L. Vaikuntapaty, Sri Perumbavoor G. Ravindranath and Sri 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.
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