Born on 24 September 1984 in Manikyapuram, Telangana, Shri Chowdarapally Ravi Kumar was nurtured under the able guidance of noted Oggukatha artist, Dr Chukka Sathaiah. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Theatre Arts from the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad. He has earned a gold medal in MPhil from the same institute. Shri Chowdarapally Ravi Kumar is a recipient of the Junior Research Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India in 2011. He has performed in various national festivals across the country organized by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi; SZCC, Thanjavur; CCRT, New Delhi; NCZCC, Allahabad; Nehru Yuvak Kendra, Hyderabad and many others. He has conducted many national level workshops, and is the President of Chandeshwara Oggukala Seva Samithi, Telangana. He was honoured with the Folk Master Award from Indian Folk Art Federation, Allahabad (2014). Shri Chowdarapally Ravi Kumar is awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar of Sangeet Natak Akademi for the year 2016 for his notable talent in the field of Oggukatha (traditional theatre of Telangana).