Mikalojus Novikas (b. 1940), a composer, pedagogue, collector, one of the most instrumental creators of the Lithuanian pop song tradition, writes different music but his heart lies in a song genre. His music features rhythms of rumba, samba and tango, as well as elements of swing and jazz. Besides, he is the author of the first Lithuanian bossa nova (in 1964). The composer has written more than 500 of various works, but he is best known for his pop songs for which he has garnered various awards. Many of his songs were included in various collections published in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, the Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia and Poland. He has released ten personal LPs, audio tapes and CDs.