Born on 25 June 1957 at Seraikella in Jharkhand, Shri Gopal Prasad Dubey has received training in Chhau dance under gurus Rajkumar S.N. Singhdeo, Kedar Nath Sahoo and Natasekhar Banbihari Pattanayak. He has also learnt Odissi dance under Shrimati Sharon Lowen. Shri Gopal Prasad Dubey has performed in many dance festivals, conducted workshops and presented lecture-demonstrations on Chhau dance. Some of his notable performances include Nritya Sangam, Cochin; Natyanjali Festival, Chidambaram, Kumbhakonam and Thanjavur; Kalaghoda Festival, Mumbai; Bharatotsav, Kerala Sangeet Nrityotsav organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Hyderabad; and Chhau Parva organized by Sangeet Natak Akademi at Bhubaneswar, Imphal and Nagaon. He has also performed at the Indian High Commission, Kenya; Mithila Museum, Tokyo; LPK Tari Natya Lakshita, Indonesia; Downtown Dance Festival, New York; Kalanidhi Fine Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada; Symphony Space, Broadway, New York, under the aegis of World Music Institute; International Drama Festival, Delphi, Greece; and Festival of India in Japan, Malaysia, China and Vietnam on behalf of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Currently, he is teaching Chhau dance at his institution Trinetra Chhau Dance Centre in Seraikella. Shri Gopal Prasad Dubey has received several awards and honours including the Jharkhand Award in 2007, and the Padma Shri in 2012. Shri Gopal Prasad Dubey receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Chhau dance.