Sri P Gopalakrishnan, fondly addressed as ‘Gopu’ amongst Bhajan Satsang circles was born on August 24th 1943. He is the second among the sons of Smt. Karunambal and Sri Peddakuppam Subbanaraisiah, an engineering contractor of repute from the Mulakanadu Sect of Telugu Brahmins settled in the then Madras City.
His parents were ardent devotees of Sathguru Gopalakrishna Bhagavathaswamy who from 1955 to 1962 used to lead the Annual Seetha Kalyanam celebrations at their residence in T. Nagar, Chennai. From his early boyhood, under the benign influence of his parents, Sri Gopu became a natural Bhagavatha Sevaka – an essential attribute and a stepping stone of a true Bhagavatha in the making.
From 1958 he has been talking an active part by volunteering at the annual ‘Pudukkottai Sri Lakshminarasimha Jayanthi Uthsavam’ every year. With his hallmark smile and readiness to serve, his exceptional PR work and organizing capacity has earned him many accolated from both Sri Gopalakrishna Bhagavathaswamy and Sanjeevi Bhagavathaswamy whenever they visited Chennai. Sri Gopu has been the torch bearer in conducting Sri Bhagavathaswamy’s Jayanthi at Chennai under the banner of Sri Gopalakrishna Nama Prachara Sabha.
Presently, this septuagenarian organizes Namasankeerthanams in individual houses in Chennai on Ayilyam (Aslesha) star days every month as a tribute to the revered Sathguru Bhagavathaswamy whose birth star is Ayilyam.