Born on 29 July 1953, Anup Jolota is known for his unparalled bhajan renditions. Son and disciple of Bhajan exponent Purshottam Das Jalota, he hails from the Shamiana Gharana of Phagwara, Punjab. His musical career started as a chorus singer in All India Radio.
Although a Pubjabi, Anup Jalota sings and speaks in 6 different languages. Known for his versatility, the smiling and ever-obliging Anup Jalota renders both Bhajans and Ghazals with equal grace and finesse. He has performed over 4000 live concerts spread over 100 cities on all five continents and everywhere his easy charm and mellifluous voice has held the audience spellbound in admiration. The Guinness Book of World Records holds his name for receiving he highest number of platinum discs in history.
Ashit Desai & Hema Desai
Like separate threads that come together in a beautiful braid, the individual talents of Ashit & Hema Desai have been woven together for the last 20 years. The meteoric rise to fame achieved by this duo may have been equaled by very few, and surpassed by fewer still.
Their partnership is both personal as well as professional. They have released more than 60 albums and the fare includes Hindi Bhajans and ghazals, folk songs and Sugam Sangeet renderings in Gujrati & Hindi. Frequent and popular performers on All India Radio & Doordarshan, their involvement in creative music is total & complete. They pioneered the concept of thematic concerts, which throw light on Gujarati culture and are marked by a high aesthetic quality. They have had several concerts abroad, where they have regaled large audiences.
Suresh Wadkar hails from a humble family from Kolhapur in Maharashtra. His father named him ‘Sur-esh’ (God of Sur) because he wanted him to become a singer.
At the age of ten, the body went to Pandit Jialal Vasant’s gurukul to take formal training in Hindustani Classical music. At the behest of his guru he entered the Sur-Shringar Samsad that proved to be his entrance ticket to films. He won the competition, which was judged by illustrious composers from the field of Hindi cinema. Since then he has sung many memorable songs for various Hindi and Marathi films. Now he has also turned composer with two Marathi films and a Hindi film. Singing however, continues to be his first love and he feels that he has miles to go before he can reach anywhere near the great singers.
Jaspinder Narula is a fine example of some one to whom fame comes late, but comes for good. The powerful-voiced singer who shot to fame after a duet with Remo Fernandes is one of Bollywood’s most sought after playback singers, today.
Jaspinder’s tryst with singing began early under the guidance of her father K S Narula, who was a veteran composer of the 50s. However, with her strong spiritual inclinations, Jaspinder kept away from film singing and specialized in singing bhajans and Sufiana compositions. Today however, she is at ease with all kinds of music, be it devotional, film, folk, pop, western or classical. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD on the influence of Urdu and Persian on Hindustani classical music.
Daughter of the renowned classical singer Neela Ghanekar, Sadhana Sargam has been blessed with the right musical genes. She was initiated into vocal music training at the age of four.
When she was 10, Sadhana received a Central Government scholarship and this led to her seven-year training stint with Pandit Jasraj. She would also pitch in for Vasant Desai and sing for documentaries and children’s films. Later the composers Kalyanji-Anandji took her under their wing and since then there has been no looking back.
Bhakti Yoga is the yoga of Divine Love: Love as a spiritual discipline is the basis of Bhaktisagar, a compendium of bhajans to Ishta Devas and Devis.
Man achieves Divine solace with the dual help of Love and Knowledge. Of the two, Love is a greater creative force, and through creation one seeks joy and immortality. The lover of God seeks everlasting life through union with Him. The most satisfying love is associated with god; because divine love is immortal as God is immortal. In it there is no trace of ugliness, because God is the source of pure beauty. When love of God fills the heart, all other forms of love pale into insignificance.
Spiritual love, or Bhakti, is directed only to God, whose effulgence puts to shame ‘A million suns, a million moons, and a million Gods of beauty.’ He is the Personal God, or the spirit in the form of a person. He, the Lord, is of His own nature ineffable love.
When a man obtains love of God, he loves all, hates none, and becomes satisfied forever. When love of God is fully developed, the lover forgets both the world and the body, so dear to all. This love cannot be exploited for any worldly purpose – neither for health, nor for wealth, or for longevity, not for happiness in heaven. The lover shows not the slightest attachment to the world. In it there is no room for jealousy or hatred, because the devotee sees everything as the manifestation of God. Bhakti, thus, is both the ideal of spiritual life and the means to its attainment.
Each of these bhajans to Gods and Goddesses is redolent with the deepest love and surrender of the mortal self into an ocean of divine love and bliss. Love leads to the revelations into the mysteries of the Lord.
God is real and tangible. God lives, in our souls, hearts; in the world around us. God lives in our songs to him.
1. Antarman Mein Shanti
2. Choti Choti Gaiya
Ashit & Hema Desai
3. Krishna Hari
4. Shree Ramchandra Kripalu Bhajmana
Rattan Mohan Sharma & Chorus
5. Jap Le Hari Ka Naam
6. O Prabhuji
7. Jeete Lakdi, Marte Bhi Lakdi