Shri Malangami Syed Iqbal was born in 1953 at Malangami in Bandipore district of Jammu and Kashmir. He is largely a self- taught artist who has learnt the music of the region among his own people. He is considered one of the most accomplished exponents of the folk music of Jammu and Kashmir today. He has given numerous performances all over the country. At present, he is working as Cultural Officer in the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Arts, Culture and Languages, Srinagar. Shri Malangami Syed Iqbal receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to the folk music of Jammu and Kashmir.