Vishnuvardhan's father was a famous artist and script writer for films. His father also taught dance. Vishnu's sister, Smt. Ramaramachandra, was a famous kathak dancer, who was praised by the King of Mysore. Vishnuvardhan has one elder brother and four sisters.
Vishnuvardhan did his primary schooling in Mysore's Gopalswamy School. He attended middle school in Bangalore's Kannada Madari School. He attended high School and took his degree in the National College, Basavanagudi, Bangalore.