LAKEWOOD, CA – The renowned ghazal and bhajan singer Anoop Jalota seemed to pour all his emotions while performing during the musical sandhya here at the Hoover high school auditorium on Feb 2. Audience ushered in the musician with a standing ovation and he immediately set off his musical flight with his most...
Jalota remembered the legendary Manna Dey in his next song and sang the popular number, Kasme Waade Pyar Wafaa. It was followed by a bouquet of songs, including the peppy Ramaiya Vastavaiya and Dam Dam Diga Diga.
His next rendering diffused the sweet memory of the late Jagjit Singh in the environment when he sang one of Jagjit’s popular number, Ye Daulat Bhi Le Lo. He paid tribute to the legend by saying a shair in his memory, Magaar Mujhko Lauta Do Jagjit Vaapis, Woh Ghazal’e Roohani, Woh Shaam’e Suhani”. The artiste had a grip on the exact mood and melody of every ghazal he performed at the concert. He soulfully rendered Lagta Nahi Hai Dil Mera, the ghazal written by the last Mughal emperor of India, Bahadur Shah Zafar. The evening had a range of devotional songs, ghazals, Bollywood numbers and Punjabi folk songs. The sweetness of his voice was a feast to the ears and lyrics of the songs were a treat to the intellect of every mind there. Words of the blissful poetry he sang seemed to be playfully engaged with the musical notes.
His repertoire included Jab Se Gayee Hain Aap, Tere Man Me Ram, Tan Me Ram, Aahista Aahista, Shaam Piya Mori Rand De Chunariya, Tumare Sehar ka Mausam and Dhai Din Na Jawani Naal Chaldi. With Sangeetika Advani he sang Shaam Teri Bansi and Aaj Jaane Ki Zid. Jalota dedicated a song, ‘Tenu Sahmne Bithe Ke Tasveer Main Banavan’ to Sangeetika as her birthday fell on the same day. The singer was accompanied by Ramesh Kumar on tabla, Neel on keyboard and Bobby on guitar.
While talking to IJ, Jalota said LA was like second home to him. He said he was in deep love with Indian classical music and whatever he sings, it had to be in that genre. When asked what made him popular among all age groups, he said it was probably because he sings only those musical numbers that he himself would enjoy listening to. Rahul Advani, the organizer of the concert and himself a music lover, said Jalota transported audiences to a different state – “a state of sharp bliss, a state of utopia where music of the highest quality reigns supreme!” Earlier Maninder Sethi lit the lamp and welcomed Jalota and the audience. Qusro Patel and Rashmi Bajpai emceed the concert. The concert was brought to the Southland by Sangeetika of Bollywood Singers and Tisha Entertainment.