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] He is a contestant on the popular reality show Bigg Boss in 2018.

Early life and background

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's Bhatkhande Music Institute. His father, Purshottam Das Jalota, was also a prominent Bhajan singer. Anup's brother, Ajay Jalota, currently lives in California. He has two elder brothers:- Anil Jalota & Promod 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.

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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 the Aga Khan.

On 16 September 2018, Jalota entered Bigg Boss house in its twelfth season. He is a contestant and has entered the show along with Jasleen Matharu.[4]

Personal life

Jalota's first marriage, without his family's approval, was to a Gujarati girl, Sonali Sheth, then a music student and later a competent singer. The couple became popular in the concert circuit as "Anup and Sonali Jalota".[citation needed]

His second marriage was an arranged one to Bina Bhatia, but that soon ended in divorce, too.[citation needed]

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.[5] Medha Jalota died on 25 November 2014 at a hospital in New York City of liver failure following a second heart and first kidney transplant.[6][7][8]


Anup Jalota has earned a record number of 100 certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum discs.[citation needed]


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
  • Devonix[9] with Kunal Saha
  • Hot and Spicy with Sundar Popo


Albums Song Singer Lyricist Year of Release
Unknown Jai Bholenath , Jai Mahadev Anup Jalota 2004
Shri Siddhivinayak Aarti Sindhur Lal Chadhayo Anup Jalota 2009[10]
Mata Ka Jagrata Mata Ki Aarti Anup Jalota & Sanghamitra Bharali Traditional 2011[11]
Mata Ka Jagrata Tarse Naina barse Naina Anup Jalota & Sanghamitra Bharali Mohan Sharma 2011[12]
Mata Ka Jagrata Raat Jagraate Ki Hai Anup Jalota & Sanghamitra Bharali Mohan Sharma 2011[13]
Bhajan Sangrah - Lord Hanuman Sankatmochan Naam Tiharo Anup Jalota 2016[14]
Bhajan Sandhya, Vol. 16 Suraj Ki Garmi Se Anup Jalota 2016[15]
Krishna Janmashtami Aayo Re - Best of Lord Krishna Songs 2016 Mukund Madhav Govind Bol Anup Jalota 2016[16]
51 Essentials Krishna Best of Aarti, Bhajans, Kirtan, Mantras & Shlokas Govind Bolo Hari Gopal[17] Anup Jalota 2016[18]


Year Shows Role Channel Result
2018–present Bigg Boss 12 Himself/Contestant Colors TV Participating


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