Anup Jalota

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Anup Jalota
ଅନୁପ ଜଲୋଟା (Anup Jalota).jpg
Anup Jalota at "Anup Jalota Bhajan Sandhya", Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Background information
Born (1953-07-29) 29 July 1953 (age 63)
Origin Phagwara, Punjab, India
Genres Bhajan, Ghazal
Occupation(s) singer
Website Official site
Anup Jalota's autograph

Anoop Jalota, also known as Anup Jalota, (born 29 July 1953) is an Indian singer and musician, best known for his performances in the Hindu devotional music bhajan and the Urdu form of poetry, ghazal.

He is popularly known as the "Bhajan Samraat" (Emperor of Bhajans).[1] Padma Shri for 2012 has been conferred upon him in the field of Art-Indian Classical Music- Vocal by Government of India.[2]

Early life and background[edit]

Anup Jalota was born in Nainital, Uttarakhand a renowned exponent of bhajan and hails from the Sham Chowrasi Gharana of Punjab. He was educated in Lucknow. Anup's brother, Ajay Jalota, currently lives in California. He has one elder brother Anil Jalota and two sisters Anjali Dhir and Anita Mehra.


Jalota started his musical career as a chorus singer in All India Radio. He is usually backed by a santoor player, dholak player, sarod player, sarangi player, violinist, sitar player, tabla player and guitarist. Some of his popular bhajans include: Aisi Lagi Lagan, Main Nahi Makhan Khayo, Rang De Chunariya, Jag Me Sundar Hai Do Naam, and Chadariya Jhini Re Jhini. He was also the presenter of the program Dharam Aur Hum, telecast in Star Plus from 2002 to 2005.

He met Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj in Mumbai and agreed to release several CDs of his compositions.[3] In 2008 he recorded the title song "Golden Memorable Yaadein" for the CD "Noorani Chehra" produced by Shaukat (Sam) Kassam to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of HH the Aga Khan.

Personal life[edit]

Anup Jalota was first married to Sonali, a competent singer. The couple became popular in the concert circuit as "Anup and Sonali Jalota." However, later on Sonali and Anup got divorced.

Anup Jalota later married to Medha Jalota, niece of former Indian Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral. They had to a son named Aryaman (born in 1996), who is currently studying in Princeton University. [4] Medha Jalota died on November 25, 2014 at a hospital in Manhattan, NYC.[5]


Anup Jalota earned a record number of 100 certified gold, platinum and muti-platinum discs.


The popular Bhajans and ghazals for which he is credited the most are given below

  • Aisi Lagi Lagan
  • Chaand Angdaiyaan Le Raha Hai
  • Tumhare Shahar Ka Mausam
  • Jag Mein Sundar Hai Do Naam
  • Kabhi Kabhi Bhagwan Ko Bhi
  • Tere Man Mein Raam
  • Main Nazar Se Pee Raha Hoon
  • Hum Se Achi to Kahin Aaine ki Khismat Hogi
  • Rukh Se Parda Hata De
  • La Pila De Saqiya
  • Shree Hanuman Chalisa
  • Noorani Chehra (Ismaili Devotional songs)
  • Mere Kabr Par Pate Huye
  • Tum Kya Samjho Tum Kya Jano
  • Kategi Ye Zindagi Ab Rote Rote
  • Laga Chunari Mein Daag[1]
  • Rang De Chunariya
  • Prabhuji Tum Chandan Hum Pani
  • Suraj ki Garmi Se
  • Bhajan prabhat


  1. ^ a b CRY America Inc.(RDU Chapter)Anup Jalota Sings for CRY. (1953-07-26). Retrieved on 2012-06-05.
  2. ^ "Padma Awards Announced". Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Rang De with Anup Jalota at Radha Madhav Dham, Austin. 20 October 2011. Indo-American News. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
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External links[edit]

  1. ^ (Internet Archive)