Born in 1937 in Amta, Bihar, Shri Abhay Narayan Mallick received his training in Dhrupad under Pandit Ram Chatur Mallick. He belongs to a distinguished family of Dhrupad musicians — the Darbhanga-Mallick gharana. In a career spanning nearly four decades, Shri Abhay Narayan Mallick has not only performed widely, but has also popularized the Dhrupad music of his gharana within the country and abroad. He has participa- ted in every notable music festival, including the various Dhrupad Melas. A teacher of eminence, Shri Abhay Narayan Mallick has a large number of disciples; he has earlier taught at the Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh. A top-grade artist of All India Radio, he has a number of awards to his credit. His renderings of Dhrupad, Dhamar, Thumri, and Bhajan have been published by recording companies in India, Germany and France. Shri Abhay Narayan Mallick receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribu- tion to Hindustani vocal music.