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Zbigniew A. Chertlur: 7-yr-old Polish boy who sings Telugu songs

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Shillpi A Singh

Zbigniew A. Chertlur is only seven years old but already an Internet sensation, popular on the web as the “6-year-old foreigner who sings Telugu and Indian patriotic songs”.  He has a huge fan following on the social media, around 3,000 followers on Facebook and in a short span of time, he has grabbed more than three million eyeballs on his FB page. He is quite a rage on the YouTube as well with many ardent fans who subscribe to his channel, follow it, watch his uploads and share it on their social media handles.

Fondly called Bujji or Zbigs by his friends and family, Zbigniew was born on April 30, 2009, in Wroclaw, Poland. Currently based in London, Bujji is a well-known face in the modelling and acting circuit in the UK. He was the face of TESCO, Nissan, and Camelot commercials and has acted in a handful of short films.

Known as a boy who remembers everything and forgets nothing, Bujji’s claim to fame, however, is his rendition of long forgotten Telugu songs, both film and devotional numbers that have captured the imagination of the Telugu speaking communities settled in the US and the UK.  His most popular ones are Nevena Nanu Pilichinadi and Lahiri Lahiri Lahiri Lo from the NTR-starrer Mayabazar and Paadutaa Teeyagaa Challaga from Mooga Manasulu. On the occasion of Ugadi, Telugu New Year, he shared a video of his rendition of the Telugu anthem, Maa Telugu Talliki Malle Poodanda, to greet Telugu people across the globe. The video has been well received by the community spread across the world and has become viral.

Bujji’s parents moved bag and baggage to London four years ago to give him a better future. Though he is fluent in English and Polish, he can sing in Spanish and Telugu, and that’s quite a feat. He started learning Telugu songs in December 2015 and four months alone he has sung many yesteryear hits and devotional numbers, perfectly taking care of its nuances and accent. His renditions are a huge hit on the Internet. A fashion photographer by profession, Bujji’s father Sharath C. Chertlur, who initiated him into singing in Telugu said, “He has a remarkable memory. One day, I heard him humming a Spanish song. Befuddled, I asked him how did he learn it? His response was equally surprising. He said from TV. That is when I thought of introducing him to the Telugu language. The first one that I taught him was a Suklam Baradharam Vishnum, a difficult devotional song and he did a fantastic job with it. I must say that with every presentation, he is improving and taking it a notch higher.”

A gifted child, he has a photographic memory. At 3, he could recognise car brands by seeing their logos alone. By the time he turned 4, he had memorised the capitals of more than 250 countries. He then learned about important inventions and discoveries and some of the physics like Newton’s Laws. All of this when he could not write or read, but yes, he could remember when told and repeat when asked. “He remembered everything and forgot nothing of what I said to him and that made me realise that probably we should move to the UK to give him a good education and more exposure,” said Sharath.

A student of Grade 2 at Parsloes Primary School in London, he is an avid reader, and his favourite authors are Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, and Francesca Simon.

He is bound to leave you spellbound with his in-depth knowledge of India, its culture, languages, religions and above all the epics — Ramayana and Mahabharata — and other mythological stories and characters. His favourite Gods are Krishna, Shiva, and Hanuman, and he credits YouTube for bringing him closer to his Telugu roots.

His mother, Urzula E Chertlur, who is a manager in a jewellery firm in London, is yet to come to terms with her son’s growing fan following. “I want Zbigs to stay grounded, but aim for the sky.” She added that her son is a foodie and loves Indian sweets, his favourites being Kaju Barfi and Besan Laddu.

For the young boy, it was overwhelming to perform in front of a crowd of 2,000-odd Telugu speaking people here in London for the APNRT function held at the White House Complex in honour of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s recent visit to the United Kingdom.

A budding actor, he is a big fan of the Khan trio and Big B from Hindi cinema and Mahesh Babu and Pawan Kalyan from Telugu movie. Bujji’s last screen outing was Simon Giles’, The Sting of a Martyr, a psychological drama, where he shared screen space with Michael Luke Walsh, Karina Diglyte, Antonia Turner, and Steve Nicolson. Bujji has also landed a plum role in Roland Joffe’s untitled next. But he seemed quite excited about his next movie Lost in the Snow, which will be extensively shot in Poland, his land.

On the domestic front, he has bagged a full-length role in Telugu movie to be directed by Gopi Mohan and another one by Chandra Siddhartha. Praising the young prodigy, Mohan said, “Bujji is a small wonder. His renditions of old Telugu film songs left me speechless. His talent needs a bigger platform, and I am happy to have him on board for my next movie.”

And not just Telugu, he will soon bowl over his fans and followers with old Hindi film songs. “I am trying to reach a wider audience. Hindi is our national language, and it is spoken and understood by so many people across the globe that it becomes indispensable to have Hindi songs in my repertoire,” said Bujji.

He is flooded with offers for stage shows in the US. Sneha Vedula, the founder of Tulip Kids and Team Shakti, who is enamoured with his singing prowess, said, “He is a talented young boy, and it would be great to have him here for one of the cultural festivals in near future. His spirited renditions will inspire Telugu people in the US to take pride in their language, the Italian of the East. God willing, it will happen soon.”

If you are wondering about his favourite song, the young singing sensation has an ace up his sleeve. It’s the National Song Jana Gana Mana and Vande Mataram. It’s a perfect parting shot and that too on a patriotic note from a small wonder called Bujji.

The author can be contacted at shilpi.devsingh@gmail.com

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Indian Film Festival to be hosted by Poland in October 2017

This festival will be organized from 7th - 10th October 2017 in Warsaw & Krakow

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Poland to Host Indian Film Festival. Pixabay
  • The Indian Film Festival Poland will show path breaking Indian films which have been jointly curated by Mr. R C Dalal and Captain Rahul Bali
  • The Indian Film Festival Poland will endorse the art and culture between the two countries- India & Poland using cinema as a medium
  • Some fun and entertaining events are also planned during the Day 4 of the festival like Indo – Bollywood Dance Performances by Polish Dancers, Indian Food Festival, Polish Musical concerts 

Warsaw (Poland), August 23, 2017: Lately Film festivals have turned into a huge phenomenon across the world in over the last 50 years; they are big celebrated events now that increase the reputation of the cities as well in which they are being organized. Poland will host the Indian Film Festival, the Indian film festival will commence in October 2017. The best part is that India has completed 71 years of Independence in the same year this festival will be organized. A Curtain Raiser Press Conference occurred in order to make the official announcement of the 1st ever Indian Film Festival to happen in Poland. It will be organized from 7th – 10th October 2017 in Warsaw & Krakow.

The Indian Film Festival Poland will show path breaking Indian films, the films have been jointly curated by Mr. R C Dalal and Captain Rahul Bali.  The Indian Film Festival Poland will endorse the art and culture between the two countries- India & Poland using cinema as a medium. It will showcase some fine Indian movies. Indian cinema is known for its vibrant, rich culture and the emotions expressed in Indian movies like love, friendship, brotherhood, family values etc. Indian movies are incomplete without music, songs and some dancing. The movies which spread joy amongst all will be on display. The audience in Poland will have a brilliant opportunity to witness some of the greatest works of art by acclaimed Indian directors. Festivals like these can pave a way for strengthening the bond of friendship between the two countries.

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Ajay Bisaria, H.E. the Ambassador of India to Poland said,” The Indian Film Festival in Poland will be devoted to the appreciation of cinema, art, and culture by showcasing Indian films for Polish audiences and opening new avenues of bilateral cooperation between our countries. This celebration of cinema will be part of a wider Festival of India that we hope will bring a gourmet selection of India’s cultural offerings to our Polish friends, for a whole year.”

Captain Rahul Bali, Co-Founder & Curator of Indian Film Festivals Worldwide (IFFW) also spoke on the occasion, “This festival shall be an annual event which shall feature a rich mix of programmes designed to build and support the growing interest of the Indian film industry in Poland.”  8 path breaking films from India will be shown this year and some award winning directors & actors will grace the event from India and Polish Film Industry.”

On 7th October 2017, the opening ceremony of the Festival will take place in Warsaw at Kino Teka with a lot of joy and zeal. On 10th October 2017, the closing ceremony will take place in Krakow. Some fun and entertaining events are also planned during the Day 4 of the festival like Indo – Bollywood Dance Performances by Polish Dancers, Indian Food Festival, Polish Musical concerts, etc.

“We look forward to introducing this beautiful country which has largely remained unexplored till now to the ever growing Indian Film Industry & seek to develop a lot of synergy in them,” said RC Dalal, Co-Founder & Curator IFFW.

The Indian Film Festival is put together by Indian Film Festivals Worldwide (IFFW) with the sponsors are The Embassy of India in Poland, The Polish Institute New Delhi, Indo Polish Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Indian Association of Poland & India International Foundation.


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Young Kathak Performer Chahek Ladhani Represents India at Cracovia Danza Festival in Poland

Known as the European capital of culture, Krakow is famous for hosting world's best cultural festival

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Poland, August 18, 2017: Chahek Ladhani is one of the youngest Indians to represent the country in the 18th edition of Cracovia Danza festival in Krakow, Poland. Chahek along with ten other students of ‘Alkananda Institute of Performing arts‘ had participated by the side of participants from 45 countries presenting their culture.

Known as the European capital of culture, Krakow is famous for hosting world’s best cultural festival.

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The audience has appreciated the Kathak performance presented by the young participants. The performance was covered by Krakow National TV alongside other reputable media houses, mentioned ANI.

Chahek learned Kathak at the age of four under the guidance of Guru Alaknanda. The persistence and years of continued practice brought her to this global platform.


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Indian-Origin Doctor Manish Shah charged with 118 Sex Offences in UK

The doctor, Manish Shah, is also charged with one count of sexual assault on a child under the age of 13

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Dr. Manish Shah charged with sexual assault. Wikimedia
  • A 47-year-old Indian-origin doctor in east London was charged with 118 sex offences, including one assault on a child under 13
  • Shah is out on bail and is due to appear on August 31 at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court in London
  • The charges announced today follow a long-running investigation into Shah, who has been bailed several times after first being arrested in 2013

London, August 3, 2017:  A 47-year-old Indian-origin doctor in east London was on Thursday charged with 118 sex offenses, including one assault on a child under 13, by the Scotland Yard.

Dr Manish Shah, from Brunel Close in Romford area of the city, is accused of 65 counts of assault by penetration and 52 allegations of sexual assault, the Metropolitan Police said.

The doctor is also charged with one count of sexual assault on a child under the age of 13.

“Manish Shah has been charged with 65 assault by penetration, contrary to Section 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, 52 sexual assault, contrary to Section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, and 1 sexual assault on a child under 13 years, contrary to Section 7 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003,” the Met Police said in a statement today.

Shah is out on bail and is due to appear on August 31 at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court in London.

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“The NHS (National Health Service) has a dedicated number for any individuals who may have concerns or questions. They can be contacted on 0800 011 4253,” the Met Police said.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between June 2004 and July 2013 and relate to 54 victims.

The charges announced today follow a long-running investigation into Shah, who has been bailed several times after first being arrested in 2013. (IANS)