Ngawang Dhondup Narkyid was born in 6 September 1931 in Lhoka Tsethang* in U-tsang province. He had an illustrious education in 1942 beginning from his schooling at the Tse School in the Potala and completed Tsedung in 1948. He was member of Reformation Committee in 1957. He also did Mayor of Lhasa in 1958. In 1959 he escaped from Tibet and continued his service in Central Tibetan Administration. He was among the first batch of Tibetan students in 1952 to be sent to Beijing for further studies. After Chinese invasion in 1959, he received his Masters degree from Western Michigan University in the United States.
He had also been student of the previous Ling Rinpoche as well as effervescent Tibetan intellectual Gendun Choephel from whom he learned Tibetan history and poetry. The late expert also taught Tibetan language in Beijing for 7 years and also in exile including India, Japan and United States.
He worked as Secretary for Information Office, Central Tibetan Administration from 1960-68. While he also took responsibility of Secretary of Members of Standing Committee from 1960-62. He served as an Assistant Director of Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts from 1963-65. He worked in Library of Tibetan Works and Archives from 1971-78.
Since 1983, he worked in Private Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and even worked on biography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
He wrote numerous books, including ‘A Brief Biography of H.H. the Thirteenth Dalai Lama’. He coauthored ‘Pattern Drills in Intermediate Conversational Tibetan’ with Kenneth Liberman published by Library of Tibetan Works and Archives 1989.
He passed away at 09:05 PM on 13 February 2017 at the age of 87 in Delhi following respiratory complication.
* In Tibet.net, birthplace shows Dagpo in U-tsang province