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Kandula Mallikharjuna Rao, better known as Mallik (1921–1996) was popular music composer and singer. He was born to K. Venkatachalam and Lakshmi Narasamma. He was born in Machilipatnam, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh. He received initial training in music from late Krovi Satyanarayana. He worked as a music composer and singer at All India Radio, Madras for 30 years. He later transferred to All India Radio, Vijayawada. While working at Akashvani, he composed for many songs, dance dramas, Bhakthi Ranjani songs and folk songs. He was the first composer of many reputed Tallapaka Annamacharya Keerthanas. Examples of such include Adigo Alladigo, Thandhanana Aahi, and Narayanathae Namo Namo. He also composed the famous Raja Rajeshwari Astakam, Hanuman Manjari. Dr.Vempati Chinna Satyam's Kuchipudi Dance Drama Chandalika for which music was composed by Mallik became a hit all over the world for its superb musical score.
Kandula Mallikharjuna Rao
|Also known as||Mallik|
|Origin||Machilipatnam, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, India.|
|Genres||Vocalist, Music composer|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, Music composer|
He participated in T.T.D. Brahmotsavams for 50 years.