Modi@G20: Meet Germans of Indian origin you didn't know about!
As PM Modi begins his two-day visit to Hamburg for the G20 summit, we take a look at Germans of Indian origin who have stood out in the crowd.
Indira Weis: Singer & Actress
German singer and actress Indira Weis, was born to an Indian-origin mother and a German father. Her real name is Verena. The name Indira was given to her by a relative in India.
At the age of five, she started taking piano and guitar lessons. She didn't stick with one course for a long time.She rose to fame in 2001 when she took part in a German reality show, 'Popstar' and became a part of the famous R&B/Pop group 'Bro'Sis'.
She has recently converted her religion to Judaism. Her Hebrew name is Shira, which means 'song'.
She has been a part of various television reality shows including "I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here! (Series 5)".
She also released a famous twerking video. She wanted to become a Bollywood or Hollywood actor and was featured in a Playboy issue as well. She is currently working on her solo career.
Anita Bose Pfaff: Subhas Chandra Bose connection
Daughter of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, one of the most dynamic leaders during the Indian Independence, Anita Bose was born in 1942.
Netaji visited Vienna for a medical check up and was planning to pen down a book for which he asked his friend to help him locate an English-speaking secretary who could help him.
He was then introduced to Emilie Schenkl in June 1924 and they fell in love. They got married in 1942 according to the Hindu customs and had Anita as their daughter.
Anita was just a few months old when Subhas left them in Europe to join the freedom struggle in India. Anita was raised by her mother and now she is married to Professor Martin Pfaff and has three children: Peter Arun, Thomas Krishna and Maya Carina. She has been a professor at the University of Augsburg and a politician in the Social Democratic Party of Germany.
She has been in the news for a past few years because of the uncertainty of her father's death. It was earlier believed that he died in a plane crash in 1945 but there have been rumours that he managed to escape and lived in the mountains by the name of ?Gumnami Baba?. She has proposed a DNA test of his remains kept in the Renkoji Temple in Japan.
Mona Sharma: Writer & Comedian
Writer, actress and now a comedy-actress-coach, Mona Sharma started her career as a youth reporter for the television channel WDR.
She has studied German language and literature. She is known for her work as a writer and has appeared in the "Switch" which was an adaptation of the American hit comedy "Fast Forward".
As an author, she has written four books, "Best of Schwanger" has been the most successful. She was the head writer of an award-winning show called "State of Union".
She now coaches people who want to become professional comedians, actors and speakers. She won the German-Comedy Award consecutively for two years for her sketch comedy.
Divine Mother Kamala Reddy
Mother Meera, born by the name Kamala Reddy, is believed to be an incarnation of the Divine Mother, 'Devi'. She had her first spiritual absorption when she was just six and it lasted for a whole day.
The person who believed that she is an embodiment of God was her uncle Bulgur Venkat Reddy. Her uncle was a member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry and he took her there.
She was invited by her devotees to Canada in 1979 but fell ill. She went to Germany for the first time in 1981 and got married in 1982. Her uncle passed away in 1985 and was buried in the local cemetery. Since then she has been giving 'Darshans' ( holding people's temple and looking deep in their eyes) at Schloss Schaumburg in Balduinstein, a small town in Germany and also in the US.
She receives thousands of visitors and she helps them "untie the knots in their minds calling down a dynamic light force from the Supreme - 'Paramatman'.
'Japa' or chanting of the divine name or the 'mantra' helps one get closer to the divine light', she feels. She does not charge any money for the 'Darshans' and she does not claim to be a guru, nor does she agree to give any lectures.
She has written two books: Answers, Part I and Answers, Part II.
Josef Winkler: Politician
A German politician and member of the German Green Party, Josef Winkler started his political career in 1990. His mother was from Kerala, India and father from Germany.
He has been the spokesperson of the Church policy, Immigration policy and Democratic development. He was the chairman of the Indo-German Parliamentary Friendship Group of the German Bundestag (National Parliament) and a member of the advisory board of the Prime Minister of India and the Federal Chancellor of Germany for Indo-German relations till 2013.
Ranga Yogeshwar: Journalist & Physicist
Ranganathan Gregoire Yogeshwar, the winner of the German IQ-Award 2007, is a scientific journalist, physicist and presenter. His father was an engineer and mother an art historian. His grandfather, S R Ranganathan, invented the Colon-Classification (CC).
Yogeshwar is a citizen of Luxembourg. He received his doctorate from the University of Wuppertal in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Media Technology. He first started his education in music, then switched to experimental physics.
In 1983, he stepped in the field of radio and television. In 1993, he was attacked in Prague and since then he has been committed fighting racism.
From 1987 to 2008, he worked with different agencies and at different posts. He has worked as a science editor, then science show coordinator and programs with WDR and is a TV presenter in shows like Quarks & Co.
He has received more than 30 awards till now for his contributions. He is also one of the best-selling authors of Germany.
Some of his books include: "Oh!: Why the apple falls from a tree and other riddles of everyday life", "Ranga's World: Oh! & Further questions?"
"Any other questions?: Why women have cold feet and other puzzles of everyday life."
Robin Dutt: Ex football player & coach
Robin Dutt is a retired German football player and currently a football coach. He was born in Germany to a Bengali-German couple.He started his coaching career with TSG Leonberg and then TSF Ditzingen. Over the years, he has managed more than 10 teams. Last year he was the board representative of VFB Stuttgart but was sacked when the team lost for the first time in 40 years.
Irshad Panjatan: Art of miming
Irshad Panjatan who introduced the art of mime acting in India was born in Hyderabad. He is also trained in Kathakali by Raghavan Nair and Narendra Sharma. He started his career with the Hindustani Theatre.
His curiosity in pantomime started when he enacted a scene without any dialogues in the play 'Charudatta'. When he was leaving India, he just had five rupees in his pocket.
He performed at the Lahore Women's College where he earned Rs 350. He travelled through West Asian and European countries in 1971 and finally settled in Berlin. He has acted in Bollywood as well as Hollywood films over the years.
Even though he is trained in 'Marcel Marceau' style, he has his own style. He married in 1975 and opened a mime school in Berlin. His last performance was in 2008 at the 'Theater Beyond Words' festival in Pune, organised by Amol Parekar.
In 2012, he also gave a lecture-demonstration in miming in Hyderabad while he was visiting his family.