Anup Jalota is popularly known as the "Bhajan Samraat" (Emperor of Bhajans) of India and has spearheaded a mini-cultural renaissance in India by repopularizing the infinite beauty of spiritual music in the form of Bhajans. Anup Jalota, a household name in India, had a monumental 160 plus releases until 1998, and achieved 58 gold, platinum and multi platinum discs for his bhajans and ghazals.
He surpassed Presley’s 45 gold and platinum discs between 1980-85, which was the
credit of the former in the fifties and sixties. Analysts say that there is no
record company in India that did not release his cassette or disc. Anup Jalota
is credited with singing more than 500 bhajans and 120 ghazals. He is also known
for his recitals in other languages like Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati,
Sanskrit and Urdu, in addition to Hindi
Anup Jalota was born on July 26,
1953 at Nainital and studied at Lucknow. He started learning bhajans at the age
of five from his father, Purushottam Das Jalota, a renowned bhajan singer of
North India. Now his father teaches 300 students free of cost. He learnt
classical music from Bhatkhande University of Music in Lucknow, and completed
the courses of Prayag Sangeet Samiti. He does his riyaaz (music practice) only
when he feels like it. He is a Sangeet Prabhakar and stood first in Sangeet
Madhyama. His spiritual guru is Swami Lokeshanandji.He recorded his first song
when he was only seven years old. Anup continued to perform right through his
college days and completed his graduation in 1973 in Sanskrit and Political
Science. He began his career as a chorus singer in the Lucknow All India Radio,
where he received a meager payment of Rs. 250 per month. While working there he
mastered the systems of English chords, writing the notations, and the art of
composing and arranging. .
Anup always dreamt to be a semi-classical
singer and never wanted to enter the silver screen, but when producer-director
Manoj Kumar and composer Pandurang Dixit personally asked him to work with them
for `Shirdi Ke Sai Baba`, it was an offer he just couldn`t refuse. The film
released in 1977 and proved to be a major success. Besides lending his voice,
Anup also composed some of the songs in the film, and his link with devotional
songs was firmly established. Anup Jalota is now a household name when it comes
to bhajans. Known for his versatility, the smiling and ever obliging artiste
from Lucknow renders bhajans, ghazals, geets and film songs with equal grace and
Anup Jalota has performed all over the world, holding audiences
spellbound in admiration. He has extensively toured countries like USA, Canada,
Europe, West Indies, Africa, Mauritius and many other countries in the Far East.
He has also performed in the UK on many occasions at several prestigious events.
Out of all the albums he has released, his most famous one is his rendition of
the 20-cassette album of `Sampoorna Ramayan`. on Venus.Anup is extremely happy
at the success of all his albums, but is even more enamoured by the applause he
gets while performing live. He dreams of singing all the 700 shlokas of the
Bhagvad Geeta! Anup has lent his voice in many films like `Ek Duje Ke Liye`,
`Asli Naqli`, `Dekha Pyar Tumhara`, `Qatl`, `Dard Ka Rishta`, `Dadagiri` and
`Nastik` besides a few more. His Bhajan Sandhya, which sold five lakh copies
that his super hit bhajan ‘Aisi Laagi Lagan, Meera Ho Gai Magan’.
popular ghazals for which he is credited the most are given below
'Chaand Angdaiyaan Le Raha Hai'
2. 'Tumhare Shahar Ka Mausam'
Nazar Se Pee Raha Hoon'
4. 'Rukh Se Parda Hata De'
5. 'La Pila De
6. 'Mere Kabr Par Pate Huye'
7. 'Tum Kya Samjho Tum Kya Jano'
8. 'Kategi Ye Zindagi Ab Rote Rote'
9. 'Laga Chunari Mein
The fourth estate has overwhelmingly stated it many a times that
his voice is not only sweet and evocative, but it has a wide range. He sings
geet, ghazal, bhajan and film songs with equal grace and finesse. Wherever he
goes, his easy charm and mellifluous voice hold his audience spellbound in