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Dr. Ruby Mallik was initiated in the art of music by Ustad Shabbir Ahmed Khan of the Agra gharana in 1970. She completed her B.A. in 1974 with Hindustani Music as one of her subjects from Agra University. She did her a M.A. in English Literature in 1976. She then joined Delhi University from where she qualified for her M.A and M Phil in Hindustani Classical music.
During this period she got the opportunity to continue her professional training from one of the foremost musicians of the Agra Gharana, Ustad Yunus Hussain Khan. She learnt rare ragas and compositions from him. In 1980, Ruby became a scholar at the I.T.C. Sangeet Research Academy in Calcutta where she continued her professional training at an advanced level from the master musician of Agra gharana, Ustad Latafat Hussain Khan.
She was awarded Ph.D In Music in 2003, for her research on the musical style and contribution of her guru to Indian Music by Agra University. From 1989, she started teaching music in Agra University at the under graduate and postgraduate level. In 2004 she was sent on deputation as Vocal Music Teacher- Cum- Performer at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Cultural Cooperation, Trinidad & Tobago by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. She is currently working at The Academy for Performing Arts at the University of Trinidad & Tobago.
An exponent of Khayal, Thumri, Tarana, Dadra and other semi classical forms, Ruby has participated and presented papers in various seminars and symposiums, which have also been published. She has successfully conducted lecture demonstrations to create awareness for Indian Classical Music and continues this endeavour. Ruby has performed in many prestigious concerts in India, U.S.A, Grenada, Jamaica and Trinidad. She was awarded the Surmani title at the Kal-Ke-Kalakar (artistes of tomorrow) Concert by Sur Singar Samsad in 1987. Her second CD, Devanjali was launched in Trinidad in October 2011.
Following is an excerpt of her performance at a recital in ITC SRA, where she has been accompanied by Pandit Lakshmi Narayan Mishra on the tabla and Shri Sandip Ghosh on the harmonium.