Vadakkanchery Veeraraghava Ravi is a Carnatic music violinist. Born to Vadakkanchery Veeraraghava Iyer, a vocalist and violin vidwan, his musical lineage can be traced back to Swathi Thirunal and Muthuswami Dikshitar. His grand father was a court musician of the Swathi Thirunal Sangeetha Sabha. Ravi was initiated into music by his father and first guru, at the age of nine. Subsequently, he underwent advanced training from veterans like Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and Puliyur Subramaniam Narayanaswamy.
As an instrumentalist, he performed with legendary musicians like Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi, Damal Krishnaswamy Pattammal, Kollengode Viswanatha Narayanaswamy, Manjapara Devesa Ramanathan, D. K. Jayaraman, Voleti Venkateswarulu, S. Kalyanaraman, Sandhyavandanam Srinivasa Rao and Madras Lalitangi Vasanthakumari. Ravi joined All India Radio in 1982 as a member of the Vadya Vrinda group.
Numerous honours and awards have been conferred on him including the Best Violin Artiste by AIR in 1973, the best young violin artiste by Chennai Sangeetha Vidhvadh Sabha in 1976 and again as the best violin artiste in 1990, Madhura Murali Puraskar award in 2012, and Nada Vallabha honour by Nadasuda in 2014.