Group: Tejpal Singh and Group
Gopal Singh, 22, a second-year Graduation student, is an artist in the folk music spectrum of Braj in Uttar Pradesh and belongs to the Jat Community. He hails from Baad village of Agra district and lives with his sister, grandfather, uncles after his parents’ demise. He has been performing music for a while now to make a living. Gopal Singh is a self-taught musician who only recently started taking some lessons under Motiram. His expertise is in playing Dholak, and under the supervision of Tejpal Singh and Motiram, he is improving his skills day by day. With no formal training in music in a structured manner, he tends to nurture his music through his ears and his experiences with other folk musicians. His proficiency is in the folk music of Braj (Braj Ke Lok Geet), and he cherishes the Braj Folk forms like Rasiya and Hori. With this group, he has performed in almost all districts of Uttar Pradesh, and he mostly accompanies Tejpal in his self-composed Rasiyas, Hori songs, and renditions of traditional folk songs of Braj. So far, he has performed locally and in some of the nearby states like Rajasthan, Haryana & Bihar. He holds the memories of performing in Rajasthan very strongly. Gopal is still in his initial stage of learning, understanding, and absorbing music. So, at this point or phase of his life, he wants to explore music to the fullest. His biggest inspirations are Tejpal and his Guru Motiram, and they are the ones who fix his performances. This young talent wishes to grow as a famous and skilled artist and dreams of recording his music in a studio someday.