Bishnupur was the seat of the kings of the Malla dynasty, the warrior rulers who administered this part of Bengal for over 200 years from the late 16th century until the British sold it by auction to the Maharajah of Burdwan. The Mallas were great patrons of the arts, architecture, sculpture and music. Bishnupur is also the birthplace of the Dhurpad style of classical Indian vocal music and is famous for the 17th and 18th century Bengal terracotta temples.