Namgyal Lhamo Taklha

Namgyal Lhamo Taklha was born in 1942 to Lhasa, Tibet to Dundul Namgyal Tsarong and Yanchen Dolker Tsarong. She is the granddaughter of Dasang Damdul Tsarong, Commander General of Tibet and one of the chief forces for modernization in old Tibet. She did her primary school in Paygoong School, Lhasa, Tibet, and finished her high school from Mt. Hermon School, Darjeeling, India.

Namgyal Lhamo Taklha herself, has also contributed greatly to the continued development of Tibetan society in exile through the various positions she has held.

She has acted as translator and interpreter at the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi from 1962 to 1965. From 1966 to 1971, she worked at the Office of Tibet, Geneva, Switzerland.

Later, Mrs. Taklha worked in the Export and Sales department at Tibetan Arts and Crafts in New York, USA from 1971 to 1974. She then served as an assistant book-keeper at the Boardroom, New York till 1978.

From 1980 to 1985, Mrs. Taklha was the translator and secretary to the Director of Tibetan Medical and Astrology Institute (Men-Tse-Khang) and she later served as the Director of Men-Tse-Khang from 1986 to 1988.

Mrs. Namgyal also served on the Advisory Board of the central Tibetan Women’s Association from 1985 to 1988.

Much of Mrs.Taklha’s work has been fo- cused in the area of public health and re- habilitation. She served as the General Secretary of Central Tibetan Administration’s Health Department.

Late in 2000, she became the Director of Ngoenga School for Tibetan Handicapped Children and still continuing her service to the community. She is also serving as the Director of Songtsen Library based in Dehradun. Mrs.Namgyal is currently also the Director of Drekung Nunnery.

Besides the extensive work, she has accomplished also as a government health- care professional.

Mrs. Taklha is also a published author and Hollywood film consultant. Born in Lhasa: The Autobiobraphy of Namgyal Lhamo Taklha, was published by Snow Lion Publications in 2001.

In her acclaimed autobiography she recounts her childhood in Tibet before the Chinese occupation and also shares stories from her life in India, Switzerland and the United States.

Namgyal Lhamo Takla’s multifaceted talents have made her an invaluable asset, not only to the Tibetan Government in Exile, but to the entire Tibetan community.


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