1970: The last Chogyal of Sikkim, Palden Thondup Namgyal, commissions the documentary
1971: Satyajit Ray shoots, finishes it
1973: CBFC certifies it as “U”
1975: Sikkim merges with India. Hope Cooke move to America with a print.
- The film gets banned in India; original negative goes missing
1994: Hope Cooke print found in the Heffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Rhode Island
2000: A damaged print is found in Gangtok. Rights handed over to Art and Culture Trust of Sikkim.
2002: Print sent for restoration to the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts & Sciences
- CBFC grants it “U” certificate; technically ban ceases to exist
September 22, 2010: Restored print arrives in Gangtok after eight years