Purshottam Das Jalota

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Purshottam Das Jalota (9 September 1925 – 18 January 2011) was Indian classical and devotional music singer, best known for his bhajans. He was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India, in 2004.[1]

Born in Phagwara, Punjab, he learnt Hindustani classical music from Master Ratan of Sham Chaurasia gharana[citation needed]. At the age of twenty-four, he shifted to Lucknow and started singing professionally. He gradually shifted to singing Bhajans and set to tune several Bhajans based on Raagdari Sangeet. He considered that this would propagate India's rich cultural heritage as well as popularize classical music. He is the father of the singer Anup Jalota. He died at the age of 85 on 18 January 2011.[2]

Awards and titles[edit]

  • "Bhajan Samrat" by All India Hindu Mahasabha.[citation needed]
  • The Jeevan Jagruti Manch honored him with the "Rashtra Bhushan Award" at the hands of the former President of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, in 1992.[citation needed]
  • He was honored by being presented the key of the city of Chicago, the U.S.A. by the Mayor of Chicago.[citation needed]
  • He was made an honorary citizen of Baltimore, U.S.A. by the Mayor of Baltimore.[citation needed]
  • Government of India honored him with Padma Shri in the year 2004.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Anup Jalota's father passes away - The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Padma Awards 2004". Outlookindia.com. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2013)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. p. 126.

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