Tibetan Delegation at Hastings House, Calcutta

Name: 13th Dalai Lama
Date of birth: 1876
Date of death: 1933
Biography: Thubten Gyatso - Temporal and spiritual ruler of Tibet
Description: The Thirteenth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobzang Thubten Gyatso, was born in 1876. He was the son of peasants who lived in Langdun, a district of Takpo (or Dagpo), in Southern Tibet. He was recognised as the reincarnation of the 12th Dalai Lama in 1877 and... more
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Name: Bell, Charles Alfred
Date of birth: 1870-10-31
Date of death: 1945-03-08
Biography: Diplomat and Tibetologist
Description: Charles Alfred Bell was born in Calcutta, India, on 31 October 1870 to Henry and Anne Bell. As one of six children he would eventually follow in his father's footsteps and take up a post in the Indian Civil Service (ICS). Bell first studied at Winche... more
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Name: Derge Se
Date of birth: 1882
Date of death: Unknown
Biography: Tibetan general to 13th Dalai Lama
Description: There are several differing reports as to the name and identity of Derge Se and how he came to be in Lhasa and subsequently attached to the Dalai Lama's entourage.

Eric Teichman's account of the Derge power struggle in his book, Travels in Eastern T... more
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Name: Shatra, Paljor Dorje
Date of birth: 1860
Date of death: 1919-01-02
Biography: Prime Minister of Tibet
Description: Paljor Dorje Shatra [dpal 'byor rdo rje bshad sgra] was head of the Shatra family and one of the Lönchens (Chief Ministers) of Tibet. He was born around 1860 into the Shang-ga family, but married into the Shatra family and took the name.

He had a ... more
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Name: Tsarong, Dasang Damdul
Date of birth: 1888
Date of death: 1959-05-14
Biography: Commander in Chief of Tibet
Description: Nangang Dasang Damdul [gnam gang zla bzang dgra 'dul] was born into a farm worker's household in a small village in the Phenpo valley area. At a young age he went to live with his aunt in Lhasa and sometime around 1900 he began his training with a g... more
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Name: Tulku, Sidkyong
Date of birth: 1879
Date of death: 1914
Biography: 10th Chogyal of Skkim
Description: Sidkyong Tulku was first known as Chotal Namgyal, the second son of Chogyal Thutob Namgyal by his first wife Maharani Pending. The 15th Karmapa Kha-khyab Dorje (1871-1922) recognised Chotal Namgyal as a reincarnate of his uncle Sidkyong Namgyal, the ... more
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