Sardar Malik was a music director in the Hindi cinema during the 1950s and 1960s.
He moved from Kapurthala, Punjab to Mumbai in the forties. He learnt music from Ustad Allaudin Khan and also trained as a dancer with Uday Shankar. Though he was a talented singer, when the likes of Mohd. Rafi and Mukesh rose to fame, he chose to stick to composing music.
Sardar Malik's early films “Renuka” (1947), “Raaz” (1949) and “Stage” (1951) did not do well at the box office and he had to wait till “Laila Majnu” (1953) for his first success. Songs like “Ae Gham-e-dil Kya Karoon” (“Thokar”, 1953), “Main Garibon Ka Dil Hoon Watan Ki Zuban” (“Ab-e-Hayat”, 1955), “Saranga Teri Yaad Mein” and “Haan Diwana Hoon Main” (“Saranga”, 1960) have stood the test of time and continue to be loved by music lovers.
Sardar Malik was married to Bilkis, lyricist Hasrat Jaipuri's sister. He passed away in 2006 following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Two of his three songs, Anu Malik and Daboo Malik, are well known music directors for Hindi films.