Born on 26 July 1926 in Bhiwani, Haryana, Shri Gopal Krishan learnt the Vichitra Veena from his father Pandit Nand Kishore. He was also trained by Gosain Bhagwat Kishore and Pandit Khoobchand Brahmachari, and was later a student of Pandit Ram Shankar. Shri Gopal Krishan presented hisfirst performance at a very young age at Baba Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan in Jalandhar. Since then he has performed widely in the country and abroad. One of the few musicians playing the Vichitra Veena, he has introduced several innovations on the instrument. He was a staff artist with All India Radio from 1949 until his retirement and also composed music for the AIR orchestra. Shri Gopal Krishan receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Hindustani instrumental music.