Narayan Gopal Guruacharya is a prominent Nepali composer and singer. He holds a prestigious position in the musical history of Nepal. He is popularly referred to as the Tragedy King. He had a versatile voice that could emote to any genre of music excellently. All his songs were harmonized well with flute, harmonium, and sitar. He is a first generation musician in Nepal.
Born in the year 1939 in Kilagal Tole, Kathmandu, Narayan Gopal Guruacharya had six sisters and five brothers. He studied classical Indian music in the University of Baroda. He worked as manager in the National Dance Theater and also was editor for a brief period in Bageena, a musical journal. He married Pemala Lama in the year 1971. He was appointed managing director of Sanskritik Sangsthan and later was given the post of adviser in the Ministry of Communication.
Guruacharya was well known for his avid interest in history. He loved photography and was also a sports lover. He played chess well and was a staunch football fan. When he was not concentrating on his singing, he excelled in organizing events. It was under his able editorship that Bageena magazine’s first edition was published.
Partnering with Gopal Yonzon
Narayan Gopal stepped into a new musical phase, after he met Gopal Yonzon and both started creating music together. Most of his popular and heartrending music was created in this period only. He became one of the most significant singers of his era. It was during this period that musicians started looking for originality in expression. The influence of Beatles and western music was also prominently felt during this period. In reaction to this new change in music, Narayan partnered with Gopal Yonzon and together they made some fantastic and still popular Nepali music.
He later partnered with Dibya Khaling and started giving his voice to the compositions of Khaling. He had recorded hundreds of songs and has sung in about over dozen movies during his singing career.