Anup Jalota

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Anup Jalota
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Jalota in 2011
Born (1953-07-29) 29 July 1953 (age 67)
Nationality Indian
Alma mater University of Lucknow, Bhatkhande Music Institute [1]
  • Sonali Sheth (div.)
  • Medha Gujral
    (m. 1994;died 2014)
Honours Padma Shri (2012)
Musical career
Origin Phagwara, Punjab, India
Genres Bhajan
InstrumentsVocals and Harmonium
Autograph Anup Jalota Ghazal singer.png

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). [2] Padma Shri for 2012 has been conferred upon him in the field of Art-Indian Classical Music- Vocal by Government of India. [3] He was a contestant on the reality show Bigg Boss 12 .

Early life and background

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. [4] 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. [5]

Personal life

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. [6] Medha died on 25 November 2014 in New York City of renal failure following a second heart and first kidney transplant. [7] [8] [9]

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. [10]


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


AlbumsSongSingerLyricistYear of Release
UnknownJai Bholenath, Jai MahadevAnup Jalota2004
Shri Siddhivinayak AartiSindhur Lal ChadhayoAnup Jalota2009 [12]
Mata Ka JagrataMata Ki AartiAnup Jalota & Sanghamitra BharaliTraditional2011 [13]
Mata Ka JagrataTarse Naina barse NainaAnup Jalota & Sanghamitra BharaliMohan Sharma2011 [14]
Mata Ka JagrataRaat Jagraate Ki HaiAnup Jalota & Sanghamitra BharaliMohan Sharma2011 [15]
Bhajan Sangrah – Lord HanumanSankatmochan Naam TiharoAnup Jalota2016 [16]
Bhajan Sandhya, Vol. 16Suraj Ki Garmi SeAnup Jalota2016 [17]
Krishna Janmashtami Aayo Re – Best of Lord Krishna Songs 2016Mukund Madhav Govind BolAnup Jalota2016 [18]
51 Essentials Krishna Best of Aarti, Bhajans, Kirtan, Mantras & ShlokasGovind Bolo Hari Gopal [19] Anup Jalota2016 [20]



2018 Bigg Boss 12 Himself/ContestantEvicted Day 42
2020 Paatal Lok Balkishan Bajpayee


2021Satya Sai Baba Sathya Sai Baba [21]

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