Anish was born on 23 march 1986, in jammu, jammu and kashmir, to Shri yogender Singh .He also has an elder sister, Pinky dhaka , a govt teacher
balyan belongs to a jat family, As a child balyan studied at the k v dogra lines School , a CBSE school , meerut, Uttar pardesh.[ He was involved in swimming and basketball sports (including basketball and show jumping, winning medals at the national level. balyan later developed an interest in theatre and participated in school productions, directing one. In an interview with Rediff.com, he said that he loved appearing in front of people. However, his family wanted him to be a doctor and he was transferred to Delhi for doing MBA Balyan described the transition from an environment where he was popular to one in which he was unknown as "difficult". Instead of playing basketball in school levels, he became mischievous to fit in with the other boys in his hostel. He later recalled, "If anybody had to skip school, leave school, get drinks, get their exam papers done by someone else, I was the guy who arranged all that ... I was a bit short-tempered and a bit frustrated in school so all that contributed [to the attitude]."