Jalota in 2011
|Alma mater||University of Lucknow, Bhatkhande Music Institute|
|Honours||Padma Shri (2012)|
|Origin||Phagwara, Punjab, India|
|Instruments||Vocals and Harmonium|
Anup Jalota, (born 29 July 1953) is an Indian singer, musician and actor best known for his performances in the Hindu devotional music, and bhajans.
He is popularly known as the "Bhajan Samraat" (Emperor of Bhajans).Padma Shri for 2012 has been conferred upon him in the field of Art-Indian Classical Music- Vocal by Government of India. He was a contestant on the reality show Bigg Boss 12 .
Anup Jalota was born in Nainital, Uttrakhand a renowned exponent of bhajan and hails from the Sham Chowrasi Gharana of Punjab. He was educated in Lucknow's Bhatkhande Music Institute. His father, Purshottam Das Jalota, was also a prominent Bhajan singer. He also spent few years in Savarkundla, Gujarat in his early days. He has two younger brothers, Anil Jalota and Ajay Jalota and two sisters, Anjali Dhir and Anita Mehra. Ajay currently lives in California.
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.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 the Aga Khan.
On 16 September 2018, Jalota entered Bigg Boss house in its twelfth season, as a contestant, along with Jasleen Matharu.
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Jalota's first marriage was to Sonali Sheth, a Gujarati girl who was then a music student and later a singer. They married without his family's approval. The couple became popular in the North Indian live performance circuit as "Anup and Sonali Jalota," which disbanded after their divorce.
His second marriage was an arranged one, to Bina Bhatia, which too ended in divorce. Anup's third marriage was to Medha Gujral, niece of former Indian Prime Minister I. K. Gujral and director Shekhar Kapur's first wife whom he had divorced in 1994. Anup and Medha have a son named Aryaman (born in 1996), who studied at Princeton University.Medha died on 25 November 2014 in New York City of renal failure following a second heart and first kidney transplant.
It came to light in 2018 that he had been in a relationship with Bigg Boss 12 contestant Jasleen Matharu, who is thirty-seven years younger than him. They had been together at least three and a half years prior. However, after getting evicted from the house, Anup said their relationship was only of a teacher and student.
The popular Bhajans and ghazals for which he is credited the most are given below
|Albums||Song||Singer||Lyricist||Year of Release|
|Unknown||Jai Bholenath, Jai Mahadev||Anup Jalota||2004|
|Shri Siddhivinayak Aarti||Sindhur Lal Chadhayo||Anup Jalota||2009|
|Mata Ka Jagrata||Mata Ki Aarti||Anup Jalota & Sanghamitra Bharali||Traditional||2011|
|Mata Ka Jagrata||Tarse Naina barse Naina||Anup Jalota & Sanghamitra Bharali||Mohan Sharma||2011|
|Mata Ka Jagrata||Raat Jagraate Ki Hai||Anup Jalota & Sanghamitra Bharali||Mohan Sharma||2011|
|Bhajan Sangrah – Lord Hanuman||Sankatmochan Naam Tiharo||Anup Jalota||2016|
|Bhajan Sandhya, Vol. 16||Suraj Ki Garmi Se||Anup Jalota||2016|
|Krishna Janmashtami Aayo Re – Best of Lord Krishna Songs 2016||Mukund Madhav Govind Bol||Anup Jalota||2016|
|51 Essentials Krishna Best of Aarti, Bhajans, Kirtan, Mantras & Shlokas||Govind Bolo Hari Gopal||Anup Jalota||2016|
|2018||Bigg Boss 12||Himself/Contestant||Evicted Day 42|
|2020||Paatal Lok||Balkishan Bajpayee|
|2021||Satya Sai Baba||Sathya Sai Baba|
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