Gopal Chhotray was born on 1916 in Puranagarh village, Jagatsinghpur district. He was an oriya author known for his contribution to musical and radio drama. A pioneer in the history of Odia drama, Gopal Chhotray is a keen observer and witness of all special features of Odisan society and tradition.
His first play, “Sahadharmani” in 1941, written for a competition arranged by the national war effort, was adjudged the best, encouraging him to enter Odia theater. In the mid 1950s Chhotray joined All India Radio, Cuttack, as an employee, eventually penning over 200 radio plays that made him popular throughout Odisha. For the first time, he introduced radio serials, “Purapari Paribarika”.
He is a recipient of both Central Sahitya Akademi and State Sahitya Akademi awards and has also translated major Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati plays into Odia.