Minal Bajaj

Minal Bajaj

Nadir Godrej

Nadir Godrej

Nik Gugger

Nik Gugger

Isa Von Hardenberg

Isa Von Hardenberg

Hans Christian Meiser

Hans Christian Meiser

Caren Pfleger

Caren Pfleger

Jyoti Sagar

Jyoti Sagar

Prema Sagar

Prema Sagar

Indu Shrikent

Indu Shrikent

Philippe Welti

Philippe Welti

Shona Yograj Nath

Shona Yograj Nath

  • Minal Bajaj
  • Nadir Godrej
  • Nik Gugger
  • Isa Von Hardenberg
  • Hans Christian Meiser
  • Caren Pfleger
  • Jyoti Sagar
  • Prema Sagar
  • Indu Shrikent
  • Philippe Welti
  • Shona Yograj Nath
  • Minal Bajaj

    Born and raised in Kolkata, Mrs. Bajaj has been actively involved and inspired by her parents and their unparalleled dedication and commitment to Mother Teresa. Today she serves as Honorary Director of the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation and is involved in its various activities like the prestigious Jamnalal Bajaj Awards. Her contribution on the restoration of Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Byculla contributed to the bestowment of a UNESCO award upon the museum. Additionally, Mrs. Bajaj has served as President of the Ladies’ Wing of the Indian Merchants’ Chamber (IMC). She is also a director in Baroda Industries and Hind Musafir travel agency, both of which fall under the Bajaj Group umbrella.

  • Nadir Godrej

    Nadir Godrej received his B.S.degree in Chemical Engineering in 1973 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1974 from Stanford University. He did his M B A at Harvard Business School in 1976.

    He is the Chairman at Godrej Agrovet Ltd. and Managing Director at Godrej Industries Ltd. He is also the Director on other Group companies and of Mahindra and Mahindra since 1992 and The Indian Hotels Company Limited since 2008.

    On the personal side, Nadir Godrej is also the author of “Life and Other Poems” & “Nadir Godrej The Poet”, collections of English and French poems.

  • Nik Gugger

    Niklaus Samuel Gugger is the first Indian-origin member of the Swiss Parliament. He has always been involved in social service. He worked in an orphanage and with street children in Bogota, Colombia in the early nineties and also served as an emergency psychologist after the devastation caused by Tsunami in Thailand in 2004. As a four-year-old Indian boy, Nik Gugger returned with his Swiss adoptive parents from Kerala to Switzerland. Today, he feels completely Swiss. But he would like to see India prosper and develop in a sound and tolerant way. Therefore, in the Swiss parliament, he is a member of the foreign-commission, with the goal to keep good contact between all the cultures. Nik built up a ‘Youth Church’ for the city of Winterthur. There he runs a Swiss Ayurvedic Restaurant since 2014. His latest achievement as a social entrepreneur is the production of a unique low-calorie Ayurvedic Ginger Drink. Nik Gugger wants to maintain cultural values if they are for the good of the people and at the same time dare to experience new ways. Nik Gugger is married to Beatrice. They have three children.

  • Isa Von Hardenberg

    Founder of the event agency Hardenberg Communications GmbH, Berlin (events for Christo und Jeanne-Claude, BMW, Burda, Bertelsmann, Jil Sander, Axel Springer Verlag AG and World Wide Fund for Nature). Isa von Hardenberg is known for her great support of Innocence in Danger, UNICEF and organisations for autistic children. In 2009 Isa von Hardenberg received the Cross of Merit on Ribbon from the Federal Republic of Germany.

  • Hans Christian Meiser

    Hans Christian Meiser was born in Munich, where he studied philosophy at the Highschool for Philosophy of the Jesuits. Afterwards he started his career as publisher and editor-at-large for several big publishing houses in Germany. He was and is also responsible for print media (such as “Diners Club Magazine” und “Die Gazette”) and internet platforms. As an author, translator and editor-at-large he has published more than 500 books mostly on the sujets philosophy, spirituality, wisdom und health. After he was discovered by Television he gained his own TV talk show. His most recent book “The Hearthealer” will be published in an English version in Summer 2019; its content is based on his message “Love is peace as freedom”.

  • Caren Pfleger

    On May 10th, 2019, Caren Pfleger left this world all of a sudden. Her absence is deeply felt and regretted. We thank Caren from the bottom of our hearts for her personal commitment to the success of Kavita & Teresa. She will always be in our loving memory.

    Caren Pfleger was an entrepreneur with her own fashion brand and an ex-New York top model. She received the Cross of Merit on Ribbon from the Federal Republic of Germany for her outstanding work, following the European Price for Design of her World Fashion Stories. Her bestseller “Charisma” became an overnight success. For several years, Caren Pfleger was involved in the SOS children villages as an Ambassador.

  • Jyoti Sagar

    founded J. Sagar Associates (JSA) – in New Delhi in 1991 as a solo practitioner. JSA is now one of the leading national firms with over 300 professionals. Jyoti also founded K&S Partners, an Intellectual Property boutique in 1994. K&S now has over 115 professionals and is a leading IP practice. He has pioneered a new paradigm in Indian law firm organization and management structures. Jyoti is Associate President of Society of Indian Law Firms; and one of the International Vice Presidents of Asian Patent Attorneys Association. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of India, Chairman of the Society for Urban Regeneration of Guragon and Trustee of the Genesis Foundation/supports Deepalaya (engaged in education of slum children in the National Capital Region).

  • Prema Sagar

    Vice Chair for Asia Pacific, Burson-Marsteller, and Principal and Founder of Genesis Burson-Marsteller. Inspired by Mother Teresa and her dedication to give back to community, Prema established Genesis Foundation in 1992, which facilitates medical treatment for critically ill, under-privileged children with heart disorders. Since then it has mirrored the journey of India’s public relations and public affairs landscape. Prema has been felicitated with the Individual Achievement SABRE Award at Asia-Pacific SABRE Awards 2017. Prema Sagar is also trustee of the Zariya Trust India.

  • Indu Shrikent

    Settlor of the Zariya Trust is one of the founder members of the Indian chapter of Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC). She was the deputy editor of Cinemaya, The Asian Film Quarterly, a journal devoted to Asian cinema and co-director of the Cinefan Film Festival. She has also been the Festival Director of Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema. She has travelled extensively to major International Film Festivals, including Cannes and has served on many Juries. In 2011, she was President of the Short Film Jury at the Locarno International Film Festival.

  • Philippe Welti

    retired from the Swiss Diplomatic Service after accomplishing missions as ambassador to India (including Bhutan) and to Iran, where he was also in charge of the USA Protecting Power mandate. Prior to those two missions, Philippe Welti was, from 1998 until 2004, seconded to the Swiss Defence Ministry in Berne in the capacity of Political Director with the rank of ambassador. In that position, he was in charge of strategic affairs, security policy and the minister’s international relations and he represented the minister at NATO Ministerial Conferences as State Secretary. Today, Philippe Welti is an expert on geopolitical and strategic affairs, regularly publishing and lecturing on Iran, the Middle East and India.

  • Shona Yograj Nath

    A lifelong philanthropist, Shona got involved with Zariya through her late father, Abhey Yograj, who was one of its original patrons. Shona joined her father’s consulting business, TECNOVA, in 2007 to assist foreign companies with their entry into India. She specialised in FMCG, Packaging and industrial and Retail industries and has helped launch some of India’s most well known foreign brands. Shona has a passion for cooking. She lives in Delhi with her husband, Nikhil, and her three children Armaan, Amaaya and Naira.

  • Minal Bajaj
  • Nadir Godrej
  • Nik Gugger
  • Isa Von Hardenberg
  • Hans Christian Meiser
  • Caren Pfleger
  • Jyoti Sagar
  • Prema Sagar
  • Indu Shrikent
  • Philippe Welti
  • Shona Yograj Nath

Minal Bajaj

Minal Bajaj

Born and raised in Kolkata, Mrs. Bajaj has been actively involved and inspired by her parents and their unparalleled dedication and commitment to Mother Teresa. Today she serves as Honorary Director of the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation and is involved in its various activities like the prestigious Jamnalal Bajaj Awards. Her contribution on the restoration of Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Byculla contributed to the bestowment of a UNESCO award upon the museum. Additionally, Mrs. Bajaj has served as President of the Ladies’ Wing of the Indian Merchants’ Chamber (IMC). She is also a director in Baroda Industries and Hind Musafir travel agency, both of which fall under the Bajaj Group umbrella.

Nadir Godrej

Nadir Godrej

Nadir Godrej received his B.S.degree in Chemical Engineering in 1973 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1974 from Stanford University. He did his M B A at Harvard Business School in 1976.

He is the Chairman at Godrej Agrovet Ltd. and Managing Director at Godrej Industries Ltd. He is also the Director on other Group companies and of Mahindra and Mahindra since 1992 and The Indian Hotels Company Limited since 2008.

On the personal side, Nadir Godrej is also the author of “Life and Other Poems” & “Nadir Godrej The Poet”, collections of English and French poems.

Nik Gugger

Nik Gugger

Niklaus Samuel Gugger is the first Indian-origin member of the Swiss Parliament. He has always been involved in social service. He worked in an orphanage and with street children in Bogota, Colombia in the early nineties and also served as an emergency psychologist after the devastation caused by Tsunami in Thailand in 2004. As a four-year-old Indian boy, Nik Gugger returned with his Swiss adoptive parents from Kerala to Switzerland. Today, he feels completely Swiss. But he would like to see India prosper and develop in a sound and tolerant way. Therefore, in the Swiss parliament, he is a member of the foreign-commission, with the goal to keep good contact between all the cultures. Nik built up a ‘Youth Church’ for the city of Winterthur. There he runs a Swiss Ayurvedic Restaurant since 2014. His latest achievement as a social entrepreneur is the production of a unique low-calorie Ayurvedic Ginger Drink. Nik Gugger wants to maintain cultural values if they are for the good of the people and at the same time dare to experience new ways. Nik Gugger is married to Beatrice. They have three children.

Isa Von Hardenberg

Isa Von Hardenberg

Founder of the event agency Hardenberg Communications GmbH, Berlin (events for Christo und Jeanne-Claude, BMW, Burda, Bertelsmann, Jil Sander, Axel Springer Verlag AG and World Wide Fund for Nature). Isa von Hardenberg is known for her great support of Innocence in Danger, UNICEF and organisations for autistic children. In 2009 Isa von Hardenberg received the Cross of Merit on Ribbon from the Federal Republic of Germany.

Hans Christian Meiser

Hans Christian Meiser

Hans Christian Meiser was born in Munich, where he studied philosophy at the Highschool for Philosophy of the Jesuits. Afterwards he started his career as publisher and editor-at-large for several big publishing houses in Germany. He was and is also responsible for print media (such as “Diners Club Magazine” und “Die Gazette”) and internet platforms. As an author, translator and editor-at-large he has published more than 500 books mostly on the sujets philosophy, spirituality, wisdom und health. After he was discovered by Television he gained his own TV talk show. His most recent book “The Hearthealer” will be published in an English version in Summer 2019; its content is based on his message “Love is peace as freedom”.

Caren Pfleger

Caren Pfleger

On May 10th, 2019, Caren Pfleger left this world all of a sudden. Her absence is deeply felt and regretted. We thank Caren from the bottom of our hearts for her personal commitment to the success of Kavita & Teresa. She will always be in our loving memory.

Caren Pfleger was an entrepreneur with her own fashion brand and an ex-New York top model. She received the Cross of Merit on Ribbon from the Federal Republic of Germany for her outstanding work, following the European Price for Design of her World Fashion Stories. Her bestseller “Charisma” became an overnight success. For several years, Caren Pfleger was involved in the SOS children villages as an Ambassador.

Jyoti Sagar

Jyoti Sagar

founded J. Sagar Associates (JSA) – in New Delhi in 1991 as a solo practitioner. JSA is now one of the leading national firms with over 300 professionals. Jyoti also founded K&S Partners, an Intellectual Property boutique in 1994. K&S now has over 115 professionals and is a leading IP practice. He has pioneered a new paradigm in Indian law firm organization and management structures. Jyoti is Associate President of Society of Indian Law Firms; and one of the International Vice Presidents of Asian Patent Attorneys Association. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of India, Chairman of the Society for Urban Regeneration of Guragon and Trustee of the Genesis Foundation/supports Deepalaya (engaged in education of slum children in the National Capital Region).

Prema Sagar

Prema Sagar

Vice Chair for Asia Pacific, Burson-Marsteller, and Principal and Founder of Genesis Burson-Marsteller. Inspired by Mother Teresa and her dedication to give back to community, Prema established Genesis Foundation in 1992, which facilitates medical treatment for critically ill, under-privileged children with heart disorders. Since then it has mirrored the journey of India’s public relations and public affairs landscape. Prema has been felicitated with the Individual Achievement SABRE Award at Asia-Pacific SABRE Awards 2017. Prema Sagar is also trustee of the Zariya Trust India.

Indu Shrikent

Indu Shrikent

Settlor of the Zariya Trust is one of the founder members of the Indian chapter of Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC). She was the deputy editor of Cinemaya, The Asian Film Quarterly, a journal devoted to Asian cinema and co-director of the Cinefan Film Festival. She has also been the Festival Director of Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema. She has travelled extensively to major International Film Festivals, including Cannes and has served on many Juries. In 2011, she was President of the Short Film Jury at the Locarno International Film Festival.

Philippe Welti

Philippe Welti

retired from the Swiss Diplomatic Service after accomplishing missions as ambassador to India (including Bhutan) and to Iran, where he was also in charge of the USA Protecting Power mandate. Prior to those two missions, Philippe Welti was, from 1998 until 2004, seconded to the Swiss Defence Ministry in Berne in the capacity of Political Director with the rank of ambassador. In that position, he was in charge of strategic affairs, security policy and the minister’s international relations and he represented the minister at NATO Ministerial Conferences as State Secretary. Today, Philippe Welti is an expert on geopolitical and strategic affairs, regularly publishing and lecturing on Iran, the Middle East and India.

Shona Yograj Nath

Shona Yograj Nath

A lifelong philanthropist, Shona got involved with Zariya through her late father, Abhey Yograj, who was one of its original patrons. Shona joined her father’s consulting business, TECNOVA, in 2007 to assist foreign companies with their entry into India. She specialised in FMCG, Packaging and industrial and Retail industries and has helped launch some of India’s most well known foreign brands. Shona has a passion for cooking. She lives in Delhi with her husband, Nikhil, and her three children Armaan, Amaaya and Naira.

Synopsis

For Kavita, a spoiled modern young woman of Indian origin
living in Toronto, love is an illusion.

Social Impact

We have 3 goals in telling Kavita’s and Teresa’s story:
IMPROVE, INSPIRE and ADVANCE.

Cast

Karen David,  Jacqueline Fritschi-Cornaz
and  Deepti Naval

Writer | Director

The Swiss-Indian Kamal Musale is a talented author and director
who has made over 30 films.

Production

The unique aspect of this international movie is that it’s being financed with charity donations, and all proceeds will go to the poor.

Distribution

The premiere will be held in 2020 at an International Film Festival, followed by a theater run.

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Making The Pilot

In this short film you will see the making-of a pilot that we have shot in Kolkata earlier this year...

Zariya Foundation

The Zariya Foundation was created in 2010 in Switzerland,
followed by the Zariya Trust in India.

Patron's Committee

A contemporary drama and an epic biopic of Mother Teresa

A movie by Kamal Musale
with Karen David, Jacqueline Fritschi-Cornaz and Deepti Naval

 

Produced by:

Curry Western Movies, India
Zariya Charitable Trust, India

Co-produced by:

Les Film du Lotus, Switzerland
Zariya Foundation, Switzerland