Narayan Gopal Gurucharya (Nepali: नारायणगोपाल गुरुआचार्य) is known professionally as Narayan Gopal. He 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” (Nepali: स्वर सम्राट, meaning: Emperor of Voice) in Nepal. He is also known as “King of Tragedy” owing to his numerous tragedy songs. He also sang in Nepal Bhasa.
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.
Narayan Gopal released 137 songs during his lifetime, his first songs were composed by his friend Prem Dhoj Pradhan and his teacher Manik Ratna.
Gopal is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century and received many awards during his lifetime.