M. V Ravindran was born in Payyanur, Kerala, on 1 March 1969. At the age of two, he fell ill with polio which left both his legs and hands temporarily paralysed. In sixth grade, he had another accident which fractured his left knee. He had to stay in bed and go through rehabilitation and other treatments. He did recover but lost the ability to walk completely. After seventh grade, he was totally helpless and gave up school. Ravindran’s interest in painting was already noticed by this time. He gave up paintings when his physical health further deteriorated and that he couldn’t hold the brush with his fingers.