“I was seven years old when I stepped onto the stage for my first performance; it’s been 53 years since,” says renowned bhajan singer Anup Jalota, 60.
After his performance at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Monday night, for the launch of two devotional and ghazal CDs — the lyrics for which have been given by HS Rana (retired IAS officer) — Jalota shares the three prominent honours of his life: “When I was bestowed with the Padma Shri for my contribution to art and Indian classical music in 2102, the doctorate degree I received from VYASA University of Bangalore, and the British Government honoring me with the Globe Award in 2011 at the house of commons.”
Talking about his Chandigarh experience, Jalota says, “To perform in Chandigarh, especially for the Punjabi audience, is always a pleasure. Urdu is a language that Punjabis relate to, so the mood is set right automatically. At Tagore Theatre, I sang the ghazals written by HS Rana and paid tribute to late Jagjit Singh by singing one of his most popular songs, Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho.”