Pt. Sukhdev Mallick
Padamshree Pt. Ramchatur Mallick
Pt. Siyaram Tiwari
Mallik Family is the leading representative of the
court music tradition of Darbhanga, a former state
in the north-eastern corner of India, close to the
Nepalese border. They retrace their line to the singers
Late Pt. Radhakrishna and Kartaram, who arrived at
the Court of Darbhanga in the 18th century after having
studied over twenty-five years with Lt. Ustad Bhupat
Khan, a descendant of the famous Mughal court singer
Tansen. At the time the region of Darbhanga had suffered
a period of famine and severe drought. The brothers
offered help and began singing Raaga Megh (the magical
raga of rain), producing a heavy downpour instantly.
Gratefully the maharaja Madhav Singh granted them
several villages and the surrounding land where the
family resides until today. They became not only land
owners (”Mallik”=”Owner”) but also the Mallik family
provided the chief court musicians for the Maharajas
of Darbhanga. After the abolition of the Royal Courts
following the Indian independence in 1947, the Malliks
embarked on public concerts career which made them
known all over India and abroad.
The Malliks are famous all over the World for a very
rhythmically elaborated interpretation of Dhrupad.
Except for old Dhrupad and Dhamar compositions - of
which they possess an unparalleled stock - they are
also known for their exposition of Khyal, Taranas,
Ghazals, Bhajans and songs of the medieval poet Vidyapati
in Thumri style.
The long-lived tradition of the Dhrupad lineage of
Darbhanga Tradition is embodied in the stunning force
of Alapa, the incessant flow of laya joined with the
finest literature (poetry). The use of Khandarwani
and Gauharwani. Originally, this gharana has maintained
the branches of veena and pakhawaj playing as well.
The performance of the Darbhanga Gharana of dhrupad
singers can be distinguished mainly by the way compositions
are sung after the alap. The distinctive feature of
the gharana is powerful and expressive vocal delivery,
combined with a lively style of performance. The famous
musicians of Darbhanga gharana in the Past were- Pt.
Dharmlal Mallick, Pt. Bhim Mallick (Pakhawaj), Pt.
Kchitpal Mallick, Pt. Nehal Mallick (Veena), Pt. Rajitram
Mallick, Pt. Vishnudev Pathak, Pt. Sukhdev Mallick,
Padmashree Pt. Ramchatur Mallick, Pt. Mahavir &
Yaduvir Mallick, Padmashree Pt.Siyaram Tiwari &
the Dhrupad maestro Pt.Vidur Mallick. At present Pt.
Abhay Narayan Mallick, Dr. Pt. Prem Kumar
Mallick and Pt. Ram Kumar Mallick are the
prominent Singers whereas Pt. Ramashish Pathak, Sri
Ramesh Mallick and Sri Anand Kumar Mallick are the
Pakhawaj players of Darbhanga Tradition. The 13th
generation of young musicians have already started
giving their performances and are the rising star
of future Classical Music, namely Sri Prashant Kumar
Mallick, Sri Samit Kumar Mallick, Ms. Priyanka Mallick
(Hindustani Classical Music) Sri Nishant Kumar Mallick,
Shri Vibhu Shankar Mishra (Hindustani Classical Music)
and Sri Kaushik Mallick (Pakhawaj).