Narayan Gopal Guruwacharya, known professionally as Narayan Gopal and N. 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” in Nepal. He is also known as “Tragedy King” owing to his numerous tragedy songs.
Narayan was particularly fond of the Indian singer, Manna Dey. He was a simple, genuine, good-humored person. If he made a mistake, he was always ready to apologize. However, he didn’t let anyone take advantage of him. I admired that quality. This is one of the reasons why he was one of the first people to take up the issue of royalty with Radio Nepal.
Later, we used to meet occasionally. A few months before he died, I met him at Radio Nepal, sitting beside a tiny pond, smoking a cigarette. His feet were swollen. He told me he had quit alcohol but couldn’t quit cigarettes. He smoked around 25-30 sticks a day.
He was a quiet personality. Unlike a cosmopolitan society like Darjeeling, he was from Kathmandu which was socially more suppressed. We couldn’t understand his Newari accent laden Nepali and he didn’t have good English either. He was a bit moody as well. Prem Dhoj Pradhan is a legendary singer and childhood friend of the “Swor Samrat”. “Timro Jasto Mutu” is one of his favorite Narayan Gopal songs.
We all will never forget this legendary singer. Every song he sang will touch every ones heart. We all listen and enjoy his song, every lyrics was so beautiful and touchy. His song was most popular in his time until now.