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Songsters on a mission

K. Venkateshwarlu



SERVICE MOTTO: Nubya and Hartmut Engler in Hyderabad recently. — Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

HYDERABAD: He is the German pop star, the lead vocalist of the group, "Pure" that sold over ten million copies. She is the svelte Swiss soloist who sang with Whitney Houston and was part of the choir accompanying Celine Dion.

Hartmut Engler and Nubya were spotted in the most unlikely place the other day -- the remote dusty village of Alair in Ranga Reddy district. No, they did not come here to render their favourite albums, "Just a singer" and "From the bottom of my heart" but to be among a diverse group of child labourers going through mainstreaming courses run by the MV Foundation.

`Impressed'

How did they feel? "It was a different experience altogether, to be part of the world of deprived children taking wings, attempting to fly on their own. They were pulled out from the abyss of a workplace to a classroom situation where they can learn and pick up the lost threads of life," they chorused.

The singers were "impressed" to see the rescued children "bubbling with confidence". "We flew down to share their sorrows and joys and help them in our own little way." They spent two days with them and closely followed the life and times of Gouramma and Rohini, the tender farm hands who were admitted into the bridge course.

In October

The duo was here as part of a shoot for a 100-minute annual fund-raising show "Gala" on a German TV channel to be telecast in October. The project is supported by Deutsche Welt Hunger Hilfe (DWHH), an NGO. Enjoying a high TV rating and watched by five to six million viewers, it is a phone-in programme where people offer donations during the break. The idea is to have Engler and Nubya talk about MVF in the programme, the insights they gained and their impressions.

Every year the DWHH shortlists socially relevant projects for such shows from all over the world. From India this time they picked MVF's highly successful project. "It is a good opportunity to expose such projects to a large section of people," said Antje Paulsen of DWHH.

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