Santosh Malik is an avant-garde guitarist with roots in Indian classical music. He began playing guitar at the age of eighteen. By the age of twenty two he was getting recognition from local professional guitarists as a guitar improviser of accomplished technique with an unmistakable touch, a highly individual tone and an inventive use of slides and pull-offs.
Santosh Malik was born in 1979. No one in his family was at all musical and Santosh seemed impressed by the classical music that surrounded him, with him having taken classical vocal training since an early age. There was a family tradition of creativity — woodworking, art, writing — and in his teens Santosh’s inheritance of this creativity began to show itself in guitars. He has performed stage shows with top singers as a vocalist. Doing stage shows Santosh also taught classical vocals at Nalanda Music & Arts College for three years. Feeling the need to take his guitar playing to the next level, Santosh shifted base to Mumbai to study guitars at Guitar Hall in 2006. Sometime after his first year of study at Guitar Hall and to everyone’s amazement, he suddenly became a technically accomplished guitarist. He began to develop his own touch and tone on the strings producing a sound rather different than others. He became adept at sculpting the guitars voice. Very often students who were at Guitar Hall would linger if Santosh were playing, and paid him very nice compliments which prompted him to take up studying music very seriously. By 2009 he completed all of the Modules and began teaching at Guitar Hall. Eventually his teacher and mentor Kiran Roy gave up on lessons at Guitar Hall and simply invited Santosh to jam with him.