Uploaded on 6 Jul 2010
Filmed during Sir Basil Gould's visit to the young Dalai Lama in Lhasa, 1940, this captures the palpable excitement of the massed crowd of pilgrims queuing to receive the Dalai's blessing. It includes a very dim shot of the young Dalai Lama seated on his throne, followed by a shot of Lobsang, his brother, seated in the toy car which had been presented by Sir Basil. There are multiple shots of his parents and two brothers, before the Dalai is carried away in his sedan to the Potala for his formal installation.
Sir Basil Gould succeeded Derek Williamson as Political Officer of Sikkim, Bhutan and Tibet in 1935. This footage was shot during his second visit to Lhasa in 1940-41.
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