January 18, 2022, Tuesday
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Singer Narayan Gopal remembered

The Nepal Weekly
December 7, 2021

Not only those who love music, art and culture but also common citizens with musical senses remembered the best ever singer Narayna Gopal (Narayan Gopal Guruwacharya) this week on his 31st death anniversary on December 05. He was born on October 04, 1939in a Newar family and died on December 05, 1990. He died due to diabetic diseases.

Narayan Gopal was a prominent popular singer and composer of Nepali music. Regarded one of the most significant cultural icons in Nepal, he is referred as “Swar Samrat” (King of melodies) in Nepal. As such, the late singer is remembered for his voice on numerous everlasting songs. He sung and composed music for hundreds of songs in Nepal and also a few in Nepal bhasa (Newar language) in his lifetime.

Narayan Gopal was one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century and received many awards during his lifetime.

Owing to his vocal range he was capable of singing songs of every Nepalese genre. Often, his songs were accompanied by the sitar, harmonium and flute. He was also a music director during the 1950s to the 70s and belongs to the first generation of professional Nepali singers. His songs have been showcased in several movies and dramas across the country.

He was noted as one of the perfectionist singers of Nepal who always sang songs worth singing. The results of his preference are the songs, “Parkhi Base”, “Yo Samjhine Mann Chha”, “Aankha Chhopi Narou Bhani”, “Kehi Mitho”, “Euta Manchheko Maya Le”, “Timro Jasto Mutu”, “Aljhechha Kyare Pachhyauri”, “Malai Nasodha”, and the list goes forever. The potential of his vocal talent was first recognized by his friend Manik Ratna Sthapit, who lived in the neighbouring Pyukha Tole, and Prem Dhwoj Pradhan, who used to live in Bheda Singh Tole. The three friends would practice singing Hindi songs together. Manik Ratna’s household had become a kind of music school since his uncle, Siddhi Ratna Sthapit, was an expert instrumentalist. After completion of his SLC exams, Prem Dhwoj Pradhan took Gopal to Radio Nepal to take a voice test. He sang “Panchiko pankha ma dhartiko diyo,” written by Dr. Ram Man Trishit and composed by Prem Dhwoj Pradhan himself. He passed the voice test on his first trial. Narayan Gopal’s first public musical performance was during the 40th anniversary of Tri Chandra College, which he agreed on to do at the request of his friends. During the performance, he acted as the tabala player.