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Sardar Malik

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Sardar Malik
Born(1930-01-13)13 January 1930
Kapurthala, Punjab Province, British India
Died27 January 2006(2006-01-27) (aged 76)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
GenresIndian classical music, Indian music
Occupation(s)Film score composer, music director, singer

Sardar Malik (13 January 1930 – 27 January 2006) was an Indian Hindi film music director and score composer.

Early life and career


Sardar Malik was born on 13 January 1930 in Kapurthala, Punjab, British India. He first was a student at Uday Shankar's India Cultural Centre in Almora, Uttarkhand to learn dancing and singing. He became a trained choreographer in Kathakali, Manipuri and Bharatnatyam there. While at this institute, he also learned music from Ustad Allauddin Khan who also worked at the same centre.[1]

Later he came to Bollywood in the late 1940s and was the music director for over 600 songs. He is known for his work for films Thokar (1953 film), Aulad (1954), Bachpan (1963 film), Maharani Padmini (1964 film), and especially his musical film Saranga (1961). Consequently he became known as the 'Saranga man'.[1][2][3][4]

Death and legacy


Sardar Malik died on 27 January 2006 after prolonged illness at age 76.[2][1] Malik's wife, Bilqis, was the sister of lyricist Hasrat Jaipuri.[5] The couple have three sons, Anu Malik, Daboo Malik, and Abu Malik. All three of his sons have followed in their father's footsteps to become music directors in Bollywood.[6]

Selected filmography



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Sharad Dutt (23 November 2019). "The overlooked composer: Sardar Malik". Millennium Post (newspaper). Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Veteran composer Sardar Malik dead". Hindustan Times (newspaper). 28 January 2006. Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  3. ^ Ganesh Anantharaman (2008). Bollywood Melodies: A History of the Hindi Film Song. Penguin Books India. p. 84. ISBN 978-0-14-306340-7.
  4. ^ "Music composer Sardar Malik dead". The Hindu (newspaper). 29 January 2006. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  5. ^ Tabassum Talkies
  6. ^ Nayak, Elina Priyadarshini (30 January 2012). "Yes, I'm jealous with Anu Malik: Daboo Malik". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 February 2022.

When Sardar Malik Had To Pay The Price Of Lata Mangeshkar And Sahir Ludhianvi's Fight