Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota’s Best 10

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By Narendra Kusnur

Anup Jalota may be in the news for reasons beyond his bhajans, but that doesn’t take away from his class renditions over the year. For the benefit of those who aren’t familiar with all of the Bhajan Samrat’s songs, we asked our music expert Narendra Kusnur to give us this Anup Jalota Top 10. – Ed

1. Aisi Laagi Lagan
One of Anup Jalota’s most popular bhajans where he sings of Meera’s love for Krishna

2. Chand Angdiyan Le Raha Hai
This nazm was a rage in the early 1980s and has been a concert favourite since

3. Govind Bolo Hari Gopal Bolo
Written by Mohan Sharma and composed by Dinesh Kumar Dube, it’s another regular at Jalota’s shows

4. Sindoor Lal Chadhaiyo
A popular Ganapati aarti with the ‘Jaidev Jaidev’ phrase

5. Main Nazar Se Pee Rahi Hoon
A rendition of the popular ghazal also sung by Ghulam Ali, Mehdi Hassan and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

6. Laaga Chunari Mein Daag
Originally sung by Manna Dey in the film ‘Dil Hi To Hai’, Roshan’s composition gets a fresh voice through Jalota

7. Solah Baras Ki Baali Umar
The famous song where Jalota joins Lata Mangeshkar in Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s composition in ‘Ek Duuje Ke Liye’, with Anand Bakshi penning the lyrics

8. Maiyya Mori Main Nahin Maakhan Khaayo
A regularly requested bhajan at concerts

9. Chadariya Jhini Re Jhini
A well-known piece written by Sant Kabir, and once popularised by Sant Kabir

10. Payoji Maine Ram Ratan Dhan Payo
The popular bhajan, also sung by Lata Mangeshkar, is rendered brilliantly by Jalota

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