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Famous people from Bhutan

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Jigme Singye Wangchuck

Monarch

Jigme Singye Wangchuck is the former King of Bhutan. He was the fourth Dragon King of Bhutan from 1972 until his abdication in favour of his eldest son, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, in 2006. He is credited with many modern reforms in the country.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

Religious Leader

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, also known as Khyentse Norbu, is a Bhutanese lama, filmmaker, and writer. His three major films are The Cup, Travellers and Magicians and Vara: A Blessing. He is the author of the book What Makes You Not a Buddhist and Not for Happiness: A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices. He is also a prominent tulku associated with Dzongsar Monastery in Derge, Eastern Tibet.

Jetsun Pema

Noble person

Queen Jetsun Pema is the Queen consort of Bhutan, as the wife of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Jigme Thinley

Politician

Lyonchen Jigme Yoser Thinley has been the Prime Minister of Bhutan from April 2008 to May 2013. "Lyonchen" is a title, meaning "prime minister".

Onir

Film Director

Onir is an Indian film director, editor, writer and producer. He is best known for his film My Brother…Nikhil, one of the first mainstream Hindi films to deal with AIDS and same-sex relationships.

Kelly Dorji

Actor

Kelly Dorji is a Bhutanese actor and model based in Mumbai, India. He studied at St. Paul's School, Darjeeling and later St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. Dorji got his break into the mainstream through the Gladrags Manhunt Contest.

Jigme Dorji Wangchuck

Monarch

Jigme Dorji Wangchuck was the Third Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan. He began to open Bhutan to the outside world, began modernization, and took the first steps toward democratization. Upon succeeding his father, Jigme Wangchuck, on 27 October 1952, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck put an end to feudalism and slavery and released all remaining serfs. He encouraged certain modern inventions to assist the local peasantry and introduced wheeled vehicles, where previously the transportation of crops and people was done manually. He established a High court and reorganized the judicial system. In 1953, he established the Tshogdu or National Assembly – Bhutan's first unicameral Parliament. During his reign Bhutan's first planned economic development plan was drafted. In 1961, a five-year economic development plan was launched for the years 1961–1966. Bhutan is still following this economic development plan. He created Bhutan's first Council of Ministers in 1968. In 1963, Bhutan joined the Colombo Plan. During his 20-year reign, 1770 km of roads were constructed, the number of schools rose to 102 and 6 hospitals were established. In 1971, he set up a Planning Commission. Neighboring Tibet's union with the People's Republic of China in 1951 encouraged the king to foster stronger ties with foreign nations, especially India, and culminated with Bhutan joining the United Nations in 1971. At the same time, he empowered the National Assembly to remove him or any of his successors with a two-thirds majority.

Tshering Tobgay

Politician

Tshering Tobgay is a Bhutanese politician who has been Prime Minister of Bhutan since 2013. He was the Leader of Opposition party in National Assembly from March, 2008 till April 2013.He is also leader of the People's Democratic Party. Tobgay was a founding member of the People’s Democratic Party and was responsible for establishing the Party as Bhutan’s first registered political party. Tobgay received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering in 1990 and later received a master's in public administration from Harvard University in 2004. He received his secondary schooling in India, at Dr. Graham's Homes School in the city of Kalimpong in the eastern Himalayas. He was a civil servant before he engaged politics. He began his career in 1991 with the Technical and Vocational Education Section under the Department of Education. In 1998 he established and headed the National Technical Training Authority and served as a director in the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources from 2003 till 2007.

Ugyen Wangchuck

Monarch

Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuck was the first King of Bhutan from 1907 to 1926. He was born in 1862 to Jigme Namgyal, penlop of Trongsa and Ashi Pema Choki. He succeeded his father as Penlop of Trongsa. From his power base in central Bhutan, Ugyen Wangchuck defeated his political enemies and united the country following several civil wars and rebellions in 1882–1885. In 1907, an epochal year for the country, Ugyen Wangchuck was unanimously chosen as the hereditary monarch of the country by the people at Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan. For his services in mediating between the British and Tibetans during the Younghusband Expedition to Lhasa, Tibet, he was knighted by the British in 1904. He was appointed Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire in the 1921 New Year Honours, having already been appointed Knight Commander in 1904.

Pema Lingpa

Man

Pema Lingpa or Padma Lingpa was a famous saint and siddha of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. He was a preeminent terton, and is considered to be foremost of the Five Terton Kings. In the history of the Nyingma school in Bhutan, Pema Lingpa is second only in importance to Padmasambhava himself.

Lama Gyurme

Musical Artist

Lama Gyurme, or Lama Gyourmé, is a Buddhist Bhutanese monk and musician. He has lived in France since 1974, and he is the director of the Kagyu-Dzong center in Paris and, since 1982, the Vajradhara-Ling center in Normandy. Born in Bhutan in 1948, he was entrusted by his family at the age of four to the monastery of Djang Tchub Tcheu Ling in Bhutan where his interest in sacred music appeared quickly. At the age of nine, he became a permanent resident of the monastery where he received Buddhist teachings, completed by an initiation to traditional arts, including music. At the age of 20, he followed his first spiritual retreat of three years, three months and three days, necessary to the formation of Lama, at the monastery of Sonada in India of which the director is Kalu Rinpoche. During this retreat, he was given the title of "Oumze" — master of music — by Kalu Rinpoche. After a stay at the monastery of Rumtek in Sikkim, he fulfilled his religious education in Bhutan before obtaining his diploma of teacher of the Kagyupa tradition that was given to him by the 16th Karmapa. In 1995 and in 1998, Gyurme went on a pilgrimage to Tibet and visited the 17th Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje in the monastery of Tsurphu. He presented him his project of construction of the Temple for Peace.

Sangay Ngedup

Politician

Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup was Prime Minister of Bhutan from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2005 to 2006. In Dzongkha, the title Lyonpo means "Minister". Sangay Ngedup was born in Nobgang village in Punakha. He is the second eldest son in a family of two brothers and five sisters. Four of his sisters are married to the former king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. He graduated from Dr Graham's Homes in Kalimpong, India, and completed his tertiary education at the St Stephen’s College in New Delhi, India. In 1976 he joined the Bhutanese foreign service, and attended diplomatic courses in Australia and New Delhi. In 1977, Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup served at the permanent mission of Bhutan to the United Nations in New York and later as second secretary in the Royal Bhutan Embassy in New Delhi. In 1989, Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup was appointed as Ambassador to Kuwait. He was transferred as the Director of Trade and Industry in 1989 and then as the joint secretary of the Planning Commission in April 1991. He became the Director General of Health in 1992. In 1998 he became Minister of Health and Education, and he served as Prime Minister from July 9, 1999 until July 20, 2000. He was Minister of Agriculture from 2003 to 2007, and on September 5, 2005 was appointed as Prime Minister again, serving until September 7, 2006. In July 2007 he resigned from the government, together with Prime Minister Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk and five other ministers, to enter politics and prepare for the country's first ever democratic election in 2008. Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup, whose demonstrated leadership style is democratic, was unanimously elected as president and leader of the newly constituted People's Democratic Party.

Sonam Tenzin

Footballer

Sonam Tenzin is a football player from Bhutan. He plays as Forward in the I-League for Buddhist Blue Stars. Also Tenzin is a member of the Bhutanese national team.

Lopon Tsechu

Man

Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche was a great master of Tibetan Buddhism, widely regarded in the Himalayas, with many students in both the East and the West.

Neten Chokling

Film Director

Neten Chokling Rinpoche, born August 10, 1973 at Wangdue Phodrang District in Bhutan, also referred as to the Fourth Neten Chokling Rinpoche,

Florjan Lipuš

Author

Florjan Lipuš, born 4 May 1937 in Lobnig above Bad Eisenkappel, Austria, is a Carinthian Slovene writer and translator. Since 1985 he has been a corresponding member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Kunzang Choden

Author

Kunzang Choden is a Bhutanese writer. She is the first Bhutanese woman to write a novel in English. Choden was born in Bumthang District. Her parents were feudal landlords. At the age of nine, her father sent her to school in India, where she learned English. She has a BA Honours in Psychology from Indraprastha College in Delhi and a BA in Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has worked for the United Nations Development Program in Bhutan. She and her Swiss husband currently live in Thimphu. The Circle of Karma, published 2005, is her first novel. It takes place in the 1950s, the initial period of imperially regulated modernization in Bhutan. The main character, a Bhutanese woman and road-builder by occupation, is forced to deal both with the traditional, restrictive gender roles of pre-modern Bhutan and the new kinds of sexism developing as men gain economic freedom.

Wangay Dorji

Footballer

Wangay Dorji is a former football player from Bhutan. He played as striker for Samtse, Ranjung United, Druk Pol and Transport United. Dorji gained international fame after scoring a hat-trick against Montserrat in The Other Final. Bhutan won the match 4–0. Dorji was captain of the Bhutanese national team.

Kesang Choden Wangchuck

Family member

Princess Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck, is a member of the royal family of Bhutan. She is a daughter of H.M. former King Jigme Singye Wangchuck and H.M. Queen Tshering Pem Wangchuck, one of the former king's four wives, all of whom are sisters and hold the title 'queen' She is a half-sister of the current Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, who became king following the abdication of his father Jigme Singye Wangchuck in December 2006. Kezang Choden Wangchuck has a degree in psychology from Stanford University in California. She married Dasho Palden Yoeser Thinley at the Dechencholing Palace on November 11, 2008, on a day coinciding with the 13th day of the 9th Bhutanese month. The ceremony, organized by Je Khenpo was attended by the former king, the fourth Druk Gyalpo, the Royal Grand Mother, Queen mothers and other members of the royal family, cabinet ministers and senior military officials.

Kinzang Dorji

Politician

Lyonpo Kinzang Dorji is a two-time former Prime Minister of Bhutan from 2002 to 2003 and again from 2007 to 2008. He is a member of the Dorji family. Dorji served as Prime Minister from August 14, 2002 to August 30, 2003. He was Minister of Works and Human Settlement before being sworn in as Prime Minister again, in a caretaker capacity, on August 2, 2007. This followed the resignations of Prime Minister Khandu Wangchuk and other ministers, who intended to stand in the 2008 general election. Following the election, held in March 2008, Dorji was succeeded by Jigme Thinley on April 9, 2008.

Passang Tshering

Footballer

Passang Tshering is a Bhutanese footballer. Passang played as striker for Transport United, Druk Star and Zimdra. He is currently under contract with Bhutanese A-Division team Thimphu City. In 2007 he won the title of A-Division topscorer. On 4 August 2007, Passang Tshering could go down in the history of football for three reasons - scoring a hatrick within three minutes, scoring nine goals in the second half, and scoring the highest goals in a single game, 17. “I didn’t expect to score 17", Passang Tshering told Kuensel. But there is no reason to celebrate or feel great because we played against a weak team.” Asked if Passang Tshering’s record would be recognised, coordinator Dinesh Chhetri said that it was just a national league and would be difficult for regional or international football governing to recognize it. “Besides his team mates planned him to score the goals to make him the highest goal scorer,” said Dinesh. Passang is also a member of the Bhutanese national team.

Kunzang Choden

Olympic Shooting Sport Athlete

Kunzang Choden is a Bhutanese sport shooter.

Yeshey Dorji

Footballer

Yeshey Dorji, commonly known as "Bumlay" is a Bhutanese international footballer. He made his first appearance for the Bhutan national football team in 2008. He is also a member of Bhutan national futsal team.

Ugyen Tshering

Politician

Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering is a Bhutanese politician, currently serving as Minister for Foreign Affairs. He served as Minister for Labor and Human Resources before resigning in mid-2007, along with six other ministers, in order to enter politics and stand in the 2008 general election. Following the election, he became Minister for Foreign Affairs on April 11, 2008.

Sangay Khandu

Soccer Defender

Sangay Khandu is a Bhutanese international footballer. He made his first appearance for the Bhutan national football team in 2009.

Tshering Dorji

Soccer Midfielder

Tshering Dorji is a Bhutanese footballer who plays for the Bhutan national football team.

Kinley Wangchuk

Footballer

Kinley Wangchuk is a bhutanese footballer who plays for Druk Star FC.

Pema

Soccer Defender

Pema is a bhutanese footballer who plays for Yeedzin FC.

Chimi Dorji

Footballer

Chimi Dorji is a Bhutanese international footballer, currently playing for Druk Star. He made his first appearance for the Bhutan national football team in 2009.

Chimi Wangmo

Olympic athlete

Chimi Wangmo, is a Bhutanese athlete. She represented Bhutan in 2010 Summer Youth Olympics, and competed in Taekwondo in Girl's 49 kg event. She lost to Jessie Bates of USA, and finished 5th. She was the only Bhutan's representative in the olympic games, and she was also the flag bearer of Bhutan in the Opening ceremony.

Dawa Gyeltshen

Footballer

Dawa Gyeltshen is a Bhutanese international footballer, currently playing for Transport United. He made his first appearance for the Bhutan national football team in 2009.

Chencho Dorji

Footballer

Chencho Dorji is a Bhutanese footballer who plays for the Bhutan national football team.

Thinley Dorji

Soccer Midfielder

Thinley Dorji is a Bhutanese international footballer, currently playing for Yeedzin. He made his first appearance for the Bhutan national football team in 2012.

Tsokye Tsomo Karchung

Woman

Tsokye Karchung is a Bhutanese actress and beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss Bhutan 2008 and competed in Miss Earth 2008. As an actress, she had roles in two Bhutanese films, Shh... Galuya Malap and Sem Gawai Tasha.

Sonam Tobgay

Cricketer

Sonam Tobgay is Bhutanese cricket player.

Karma Tshering

Soccer Midfielder

Karma Tshering is a bhutanese footballer who plays for Druk Star FC.

Tandin Wangchuk

Cricketer

Tandin Wangchuk is a Bhutanese cricket player.

Jigme Tenzin

Footballer

Jigme Tenzin is a Bhutanese footballer who plays for the Bhutan national football team.

Pema Rinchen

Footballer

Pema Rinchen is a football player from Bhutan. He plays as a defender. He won the A-Division in 2008, 2010 and 2011 and participated in the AFC President’s Cup as member of the Yeedzin in 2009 and 2011.

Thinley Jamtsho

Cricket Bowler

Thinley Jamtsho is a Bhutanese cricket player.

Drungtsho Pema Dorji

Man

Drungtsho Pema Dorji a doctor of traditional Bhutanese and Tibetan medicine, was the first person to institutionalize traditional medicine in Bhutan. He was the founding director of the National Indigenous Medicine Hospital and of the Institute of Indigenous Medicine in the capital Thimphu, and the key person behind the establishment of the Health Department's indigenous clinics and dispensaries in all 20 districts of Bhutan which make available free treatment and medicine to all the citizens of Bhutan. Pema Dorji was born in Tashi Dingkha in the Trongsa district of Bhutan in a family of traditional physicians. He began his medical studies in Kurtoe, Lhuntsi District, east Bhutan under Drungtsho Chimi Gyeltshen, his grandmother's brother who was the personal physician of Ashi Om, the Queen of His Majesty Jigme Wangchuk. In 1946, Pema Dorji left Bhutan to train as a Drungtsho at the renowned Chagpori traditional medical college in Lhasa, Tibet. There he spent seven years studying with som of the greatest masters of the Sowa Rigpa medical tradition. Qualifying in 1953 he returned to Bhutan where he worked for nine years under his uncle, Neten Tsewang Gyeltshen in Trongsa Dzong.

Tashi Norbu

Artist

Tashi Norbu is an artist.

Karun Gurung

Footballer

Karun Gurung is a bhutanese footballer who plays for the Bhutan national football team.

Hemlal Batarai

Soccer Goalkeeper

Hemlal Batarai is a Bhutanese international footballer. He made his first appearance for the Bhutan national football team in 2012.

Nima Sangay

Footballer

Nima Sangay is a bhutanese footballer who plays for the Bhutan national football team.

Jamyang Tenzin

Soccer Defender

Jamyang Tenzin is a Bhutanese footballer who plays for Bhutan national football team.

Kinley Dorji

Soccer Midfielder

Kinley Dorji is a Bhutanese international footballer, currently playing for Yeedzin. He made his first appearance for the Bhutan national football team in 2009.

Chenkyab Dorji

Man

Lyonpo Chenkyab Dorji is a Bhutanese diplomat. He had been the secretary-general of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation from March 1, 2005 to February 29, 2008.

Tshering Wangdi

Soccer Defender

Tshering Wangdi is a Bhutanese footballer who plays for the Bhutan national football team.

Diwash Subba

Soccer

Diwash Subba is a Bhutanese international footballer, currently playing for Yeedzin. He made his first appearance for the Bhutan national football team in 2012.

Barun Wakhley

Cricketer

Barun Wakhley is a Bhutanese cricket player.

Man Bahadur Gurung

Soccer Defender

Man Bahadur Gurung is a Bhutanese footballer who plays for Druk Star FC.

Phuntsho Wangdi

Cricket Player

Phuntsho Wangdi is a Bhutanese cricket player.

Kumar Subba

Cricketer

Kumar Subba is Bhutanese cricket player.

Chencho Gyeltshen

Soccer

Chencho Gyeltshen is a Bhutanese footballer who plays for the Bhutan national football team.

Jigme Singye

Cricket Bowler

Jigme Singye is Bhutanese cricket player.

Biran Basnet

Soccer Midfielder

Biran Basnet is a Bhutanese international footballer, currently playing for Ugyen Academy. He made his first appearance for the Bhutan national football team in 2012.

Tshering Dendup

Soccer Midfielder

Tshering Dendup is a Bhutanese footballer who plays for the Bhutan national football team.

Leki Dukpa

Soccer

Leki Dukpa is a Bhutanese international footballer, who currently plays for Druk Pol. He made his first appearance for the Bhutan national football team in 2013.

Nawang Dendup

Soccer Midfielder

Nawang Dendup is a Bhutanese footballer who plays for Transport United.

Tandin Tshering

Soccer Defender

Tandin Tshering is a bhutanese footballer who plays for Druk Pol FC.

Dampo Dorji

Cricket Bowler

Dampo Dorji is Bhutanese cricket player.

Kencho Norbu

Cricket Player

Kencho Norbu is a Bhutanese cricket player.

Tshering Dorji

Cricket Player

Tshering Dorji is a Bhutanese cricket player.

Monaj Adhikari

Cricket Player

Monaj Adhikari is a Bhutanese cricket player.

Yeshi Samdrup

Soccer Midfielder

Yeshi Samdrup is a Bhutanese footballer who plays for the Bhutan national football team.

Sushil Luitel

Cricket Player

Sushil luitel is Bhutanese cricket player.

Dorji Loday

Cricket Player

Dorji Loday is a Bhutanese cricket player.