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Sri Gopulu was born at Tanjore in the year 1924. Upto his 10th year Gopulu's life was spent under the shadow of Tanjore ‘Big Temple', playing, learning and breathing Tanjore culture.

He came under the influence of a great genius, Late. Sri. Mali of Ananda Vikatan, the famous cartoonists of the 1930s and 1940s in Tamil Nadu. Sri Gopulu joined Ananda Vikatan in 1945 under the leadership and inspiration of the great master Sri. Mali. Gopulu started to draw journalists illustrations, cartoons, caricatures, jokes etc. which are part and parcel of Tamil Journalism. This continued for decades in Ananda Vikatan as well as in other journals.

Sri Gopulu was confirmed with an award ‘Kalaimamani' by the Government of Tamil Nadu on 26th November 1991, in the august presence of Hon. Governor Barnala and by Hon. Chief Minister Kalaignar Karunanidhi. On 1st January 1995, Sri Gopulu was conferred an award ‘Chitra Kalarathna' by his holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal of Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt – a great honour. In June 1994, his friends and admirers celebrated the 50 years ‘Golden Jubilee of his Journalist career'. In November 1999, Sri Gopulu was awarded “M.A. Chidambaram Chettiar Trust Award” of Rs. 50,000 as cash award. In January 2000, Sri Gopulu was awarded “Kalaignar's Murasoli Trust Award” of Rs. 1,00,000 as cash award. In 1972, along with Mrs. G. Vimala, started and Advertising Agency – “Adwave Advertisements Ltd”.

His philosophy in life is to create more happiness around in this unhappy world.


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