B. Gopalam

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Boddu Gopalam (1927–2004) was a singer and music director of South Indian films and All India Radio.

He was born at Tulluru in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, India. His father Ramadasu, was also a musician and an exponent of Harikatha. Gopalam learned vocal music and playing the violin under Varanasi Brahmayya Sastry in Vijayawada.


Gopalam was an active member of the Praja Natya Mandali in Guntur district and campaigned in favour of the poor and downtrodden. He was closely associated with Vemulapalli Srikrishna and Sheik Nazar. While working as a vocalist at All India Radio, singing the songs of Devulapalli Krishna Sastry and Viswanatha Satyanarayana, he met and married a fellow singer named Renuka.

He began working in Telugu films on the invitation of Tatineni Prakasa Rao. He has worked with directors such as Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao, T. V. Raju, and Saluri Rajeswara Rao. He later became an independent music director for the film Nala Damayanthi in Telugu and Kannada. He also sang in a few Telugu films as a playback singer.



  • Luminaries of 20th Century, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, 2005.

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