Anup Jalota, the household name for Bhajans and Ghazals, has thought of nothing but music all his life. His father, Bhajan exponent Purushottam Das Jalota , is also his mentor. Born in Nainital and educated in Lucknow, he started his musical career as an All India Radio chorus singer.
Honored as the “Bhajan Samrat” of India, Anup Jalota has wowed audiences and devotees with his divine singing.
He has released many albums that have gone Gold and Platinum and created World records. He has also given music for many Hindi, Gujarati and Bengali films.
Known for his versatility, the smiling and ever-obliging Anup Jalota renders Bhajans and Ghazals with equal grace and finesse. His mellifluous & powerful voice has an incredible range. A voice that soothes the soul, this icon leaves audiences spellbound in admiration with his renditions.
Padma Shri Pankaj Udhas is credited with bringing the Ghazal style to the realm of popular music… Udhas rose to fame for singing in the 1986 film Naam, in which his song “Chitthi Aayee Hai” became an instant hit. Following that, he has also performed as a playback singer for numerous films. He has recorded many albums since then and tours the world as an accomplished ghazal singer. In 2006, Pankaj Udhas was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award.
His first stage performance was during the Sino-Indian War, when he sang “Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo” Four years later, he joined the Sangeet Natya Academy in Rajkot and learned the nuances of playing the tabla.Udhas’s first song was in film Kamna. He spent ten months in Canada and the US doing ghazal concerts and returned to India with renewed vigour and confidence.
His first ghazal album, Aahat, was released in 1980. From this, he began to have success and, as of 2011 he has released more than fifty albums and hundreds of compilation albums.
Talat Aziz has mesmerised ghazal lovers with his soulful voice for 3 decades. Talat Aziz took his initial training in music from Kirana Gharana. He was trained primarily by Ustad Samad Khan and later by Ustad Fayaz Ahmed who were famous classical music singers
Talat has also composed music for TV serials and has also acted in several of them. He composed music for teleserials to name a few like Deewar, Baaz, Adhikaar, Ghutan, Sailaab, Aashirwaad and the magnum opus, Noorjehan. His acting was appreciated in serials like Sahil, Manzil, Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayee and Noorjehan a TV serial written by Nida Fazli. Talat released many albums like Jagjit Singh presents Talat Aziz, Talat Aziz live, Images A team Come True Lehren, Ehsaas, Suroor, Saughaat, Tasavvur, Manzil, Storms, Dhadkan, Shahkaar, Mehboob, Khubsoorat, Irshaad, Khushnuma, to name a few, with his latest offering in 2009 Caravan e Ghazal in which Sonu Niigaam also participated in a duet ‘Qurbaton mein bhi’ a ghazal written by Ahmed Faraaz.
In 1979 his first album titled “Jagjit Singh presents Talat Aziz” came out which was phenomenal success thus gave him a launch pad for his meteoric rise. Then came the classic ghazal ‘ zindagi jab bhi teri bazm mein ” from Umrao Jaan composed by Khayyam the ghazal from Bazaar ‘ Phir chidi raat baat phoolon ki’ a duet with none other than the legend Lata Mangeshkar and the iconic nazm ‘Aaina mujh se meri’ from Mahesh Bhatt’s film Daddy.
Talat has traveled the globe with his sell out performances . He completed his 25 Years Silver Anniversary with the launch of a special audio and video album in 2004 at the NCPA Mumbai where the veritable who’s who of the music industry were present and the ones like Mehdi Hasan and Lata Mangeshkar who could not make it sent in their messages on video and a special documentary on his life was screened. This was released by Universal Music India as a special commemorative DVD with the audio cd pack of two released by Times Music.
He has recently been signed on as a creative music producer director with Bollywood Live a Percept Group initiative along with Sonu Nigam and Salim Sulaiman Merchant for BOLLYBOOM… A Bollywood Dance Music Festival to be held all over India and the World commencing from November 2013.