Gopal Babu Goswami is a legend of Kumaoni and Garhwali music.He was one of the superstar of Uttarakhandi Music during his time. Gopal Babu Goswami was born on 2nd February 1941 at village Chandikot, Chaukhutia, Almora. In his family he was having father Mohan Giri, Mother Chanuli devi and sister Radha devi. He spent his child hood under great difficulties. His father died before Gopal could pass out from class 8th. The main profession of his father was agriculture. After the death of his father the entire responsibility of his family came to him. There was no one to guide him at that time. He left for Delhi for the search of some job. He has done various jobs in Delhi, Punjab and Himachal but he could not get permanent and satisfying job so he returned back to his village in 1970.
in 1970 a team of Song and Drama Division, Nainital* was visiting Chaukhutia where they met Gopal and got impressed after listening to his songs. Some of the members of that team suggested Gopal to apply for its Nainital divison and shared the address with him. in 1971 Gopal was selected in the division and he never looked backed after that. He became famous Gopal Babu Goswami. He cleared the singer examination for Akaswani Lucknow and became singer. He sung his first song for Akaswani “Kailey Bajey Mooruli O baina,oonchee oonchee danyu ma” which was super hit. He sang many such songs and became immensely popular. His friends suggested him to sing for some cassette company and he obliged. In1976 his first cassette came from HMV. Later he sung for many cassette companies. He sung duets with his colleague of Song and Drama Division, Smt Chandra Bisht and released about 15 cassettes.He has also worked in first Kumaoni Film “Megha Aa” as a singer and as an actor.
He also wrote some hindi and Kumaoni books mainly “Geetmala” (Kumaoni), “Darpan”, “Rashtrajyoti”, “Jeevan Jyoti” etc. He was also instrumental in releasing cassettes on famous folk stories of Uttarakhand “Rajula-Laushahi” and “Haruheet”.Many of the Kumaoni songs sung by him are also written by him. He died on 26th November,1996 after his stint with Brain tumour,which he got operated at AIIMS,Delhi but could not survive.
*Song and Drama Division was set up in 1954 as a unit of All India Radio and was given the status of an independent media unit in 1960 as a Subordinate office of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The Division has 12 Regional Centres at Bhopal, Chandigarh, Delhi, Guwahati, Lucknow, Chennai, Pune, Calcutta, Bangalore, Ranchi, Dehradun and Raipur. It has nine Sub-Centres located at Bhubneshwar, Hyderabad, Patna, Imphal, Jodhpur, Darbhanga, Nainital, Shimla and Srinagar (Jammu).