Famous Personalities of Sikkim have glorified the name of their homeland in varied sectors with success. Be it science, films, social-work, sports, dance, literature, or anything, the Sikkimese have excelled without any limitations. Many stalwarts of the nation are from Sikkim.
1. Baichung Bhutia – Born in a small village in Sikkim to farmer parents, Baichung’s sheer talent took him to the greatest of successes. From being the second Indian footballer to professionally play in Europe to wear the captain’s jersey for the Indian football team, he has done it all.
2. Danny Dangzongpa– Danny Denzongpa was one of Hindi cinema’s favorite villains of the 70s and 80s. Born in Gangtok, Danny did his schooling from the state capital. Alumni of Film and Television Institute of India (FTTI), he soon joined the film industry. Apart from being part of numerous Hindi films, Danny also has to his credit the famous international film “Seven Years in Tibet” .
3. Omi Gurung– A reputed fashion designer, Omi Gurung was born and brought up in Sikkim. Before becoming a full-time designer, he worked as a fashion editor. He owns a very popular eco-friendly boutique called Green Gangtok.
4. Karma Paljor– If you follow English news channels in India, you would have definitely come across Karma Paljor’s face. He is a regular newsreader and journalist for CNN-News 18. He did his schooling from Tashi Namgyal Academy in Gangtok.
5. Nirmal Chettri– Born in Melli, Sikkim is an Indian footballer who plays mainly as a defender for DSK Shivajians in the I-League.
6.Tarundeep Rai– Born in Namchi, Sikkim, India is an Indian archer. Tarundeep is a recipient of the Arjuna Award (2005) for his achievements in archery.
7.Gadul Singh Lama: Gadul Singh Lama, commonly referred to as Sanu Lama, is an Indian fiction writer, poet and translator of Nepali literature. An engineer by profession, he has published three short story compilations and his stories have been translated into English, Hindi, Urdu, Assamese and Oriya languages. He is a receiver of Sahitya Akademi Award (1993), apart from other awards. The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2005, for his contributions to literature.
8. Keepu Tsering Lepcha : Keepu Tsering Lepcha is an Indian social worker, educationist, former civil servant, and the founder of the Human Development Foundation of Sikkim (HDFS), a non-governmental group serving the socio-economically challenged people of Sikkim. A former secretary of the Government of Sikkim, she has served as the project director in the Rural Development Agency of the government. She is a member of the PeaceWomen Across the globe organization which was shortlisted for the Nobel Peace Prize of 2005, and a recipient of the 2012 Real Heroes Award of the Reliance Foundation and therefore the 2013 oldster Award of the CNN-IBN. The Government of India awarded her the fourth highest civilian honor of the Padma Shri, in 2009, for her contributions to society.
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