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Indians of Kenyan diaspora have made their mark on World Stage

NEW DELHI -- Scores of Kenyan Indians have made their mark internationally in their fields of work, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan Kulive Kulove Kulaugh.

Here is a tentative list of this illustrious group and some outstanding Kenyan Indians, called ‘Muhindis’ in Swahili.

Many people know that actor Ben Kingsley and film director Gurinder Chadha have Kenyan roots.

But there are plenty more ‘Muhindis’ or Kenyan Indians who have distinguished themselves listed here alphabetically.

Mohammed ‘Mo’ Amin: pioneering Kenyan photojournalist, put Kenya on world stage by clicking photos of major African events from mid-sixties to mid-nineties.

In 1996 he died in a plane hijack.

He was honoured for highlighting the famine in Ethiopia in 1984.

He published many photographic books written by his colleague, Brian Tetley.

Gurinder Chadha: Seen Bend It Like Beckham?

Well, it has the Kenyan stamp all over it courtesy of director Gurinder Chadha.

She was born in Nairobi, Kenya and her family was part of the Indian diaspora in East Africa.

Chaman Lal Chaman: As a broadcaster, poet, lyricist, a translator and an interpreter, he is well-known in Britain and, earlier in Kenya.

Over half a century of devotion as a broadcaster, a journalist, a poet, a lyricist and a playwright, he has interpreted Eastern culture to the Western mind across numerous communities and countries.

Sir Modinder Dhillion: A renowned Kenyan photographer, photojournalist and filmmaker, his humanitarian filming of the 1984 Ethiopian famine moved the world into action, resulting in one of the biggest famine relief operations in history.

But the honour for him came two decades later in 2005 when he was knighted in the UK.

He is also renowned for clicking conflicts in the Middle East at great risks.

AG Dolla: a North London based 'rapper' and MC of Kenyan origin, real name Amit Shah.

He’s slowly started to establish himself in the African market since early 2014 under the alias ‘Slim Muhindi’.




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Nitin Ganatra: was born in 1967 in Kenya as Nitin Chandra Ganatra.

He is an actor and writer, known for EastEnders (1985), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Secrets & Lies (1996).

He made an impact on TV and later moved to films.

Prof. Yash Pal Ghai: is a Kenyan academic and expert in constitutional law worked to revise Kenya constitution.

He advised on constitution and human rights to Nepal, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, New Hebrides, among other countries.

Britain honoured him with an OBE.

Sir Ben Kingsley: the legendary English actor’s link to Kenya is quite loose but the fact that his father Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji was born and practiced medicine in Kenya makes Sir Ben Asian-English-Kenyan.

Dipak Patel: Kenyan-born ODI, Test and World Cup cricketer for New Zealand.

Raju Patel: was born in 1960 in Kenya, the son of Sharad Patel, a film maker who produced The Rise and Fall of Idi Amin (1981).

Raju was a producer and director, known for 11:14 (2003), Bachelor Party (1984) and The Jungle Book (1994).

He worked with Michael Jackson to set up production company, Neverland Pictures.

He was married to Dimple, daughter of famous Bollywood hero, Rajendra Kumar.

He died in 2005 in Long Beach, California, USA.Filmography

Deep Roy: Often mistaken for Kiran Shah and vice versa.

Roy is also a Kenyan born actor of Indian descent with dwarfism.

He has starred in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Star Trek, The X-Files, Planet of the Apes, Transformers and more.

Sir Nilesh Samani: is currently the Professor of Cardiology at the University of Leicester, and consultant cardiologist at Glenfield Hospital in the city.

He was born in Nanyuki and educated at the Lenana School.

He was recently knighted in the 2015 New Year Honours for ‘services to Medicine and Medical Research’.

Kiran Shah: He starred in Star Wars (1977).

Named in the Guinness Book of World Records as ‘world’s shortest stuntman’, Kiran has been in everything from Superman, Braveheart, Titanic, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy.

The Soods: Siblings Manoj and Veena Sood are Kenyan-Canadian actors.

Manoj, born in Mombasa has starred in Canadian hit series Little Mosque on the Prairie, Dead Like Me, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and Disney’s Tomorrowland also starring George Clooney which releases in May, 2015.

His sister Veena has been seen on The X-Files, Supernatural, Bate Motel and Smallville.

Mombasa born Anver Versi has been editor of the longest established London-based pan-African business and economics publication, African Business.

In the UK, he has written for the International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Times, The Independent, The Guardian and several magazines.

Versi has also appeared regularly on CNN, BBC World Service (radio and TV) and CNBC in addition to other radio and television programs.

He is the author of the best-selling book, Football in Africa.

Other books include Africa: Search for a Political Philosophy, published by Macmillan.

Prof. Sir Tejinder Virdee: is an experimental physicist and Professor of Physics at Imperial College London. He was born in Nyeri into a Sikh family.

Virdee went to school at Kisumu Boys High School, went to Queen Mary University, London, and worked at Imperial College, London.

Elected Fellow of the Royal Society.

Imran Yusuf: a British stand-up comedian of East-African Indian descent, born in Mombasa and grew up in East London.

He was raised in London with brief stints in the USA.

He has a show Cockney Muslim on BBC and came to prominence at Edinburgh Comedy Festivals.



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