if it sounds like an eulogy, a born patriot, Gopal Yonjan was 'the'
singer, composer and lyricist who stands foremost in Nepal's Musical
history. In fact, he is a history in himself. He created the tomorrow
of Nepali music yesterday.
His first cry in 1945 may not have crossed the mighty hills of the district of Darjeeling but within half a decade, his creations penetrated every soul of Nepalese within and abroad Nepal. From early childhood, he showed his natural talent and could play flute fluently.
After he came to Nepal, he met Narayan Gopal, another history-maker. In the field of music, he made deep and everlasting relations with Chetan Karki, Nati Kazi and almost everyone. The combination of Narayan Gopal, Nagendra Thapa and Gopal Yonjan started a revolution in Nepali music.
Mostly recognized for his patriotic songs like 'Desh le Ragata Maage Malai Bali...', it was the general opinion that one could actually 'feel' Gopal Yonjan's songs. Although he has composed more than a thousand songs, he is most remembered for those distilled songs that came out with the combination of good music, exceptional voice and penetrating lyrics. Timri jasto mutu mero, timro jaistai maya..., Birsera pheri malai nahera... and Jeevan dhekhi dherai, dherai nai thakera... are some of the classics that constantly remind us what it means to be living.
Gopal Yonjan passed away on 21st May, 1997.