The truly multifaceted Anuradha's Indo-French association will look beyond language studies
Anuradha Chintalapudi wears many hats and tries her best to do justice to each one of them. She's a linguist, dancer, dietician, musician and a film-maker. Soon, she plans to start an Indo-French organisation in the city, which will look at cultural and language educational exchange between Indian and French students. "The centre will also take up research on Sanskrit and French," informs Anuradha, who has over 12 years experience in teaching French. She, along with her friends from France, will be putting up a Kathak performance in Hyderabad next month. Anuradha has roped in her friends from France to take part in an organisation she plans to float to teach French and Indian music.
From Kathak to cuisine
"Knowing about another country doesn't stop at learning the language. The process begins when you learn about the nation's culture, art forms and heritage. Most French organisations in India teach only French. We want to look at cultural exchange between our students and the French," says Anuradha. This explains why she also wants to include teaching French cuisine in her organisation. Her collaborative effort will help the French learn Sanskrit and know about Indian culture. "I know through experience that youngsters in the city are eager to learn new languages but there are very few good teachers. There have been instances where I've taught in a number of classes from 7 a.m to 11 p.m," she says. Anuradha's CV boasts of multiple degrees in French, Japanese and Sanskrit and her work varies from teaching the languages at educational centres to being the team lead for languages in Infosys, Oracle and Goldstone Technologies. This is only the tip of the iceberg. Besides, she's a qualified dietician and a documentary film-maker. In fact, she has just finished shooting documentaries on Vaishnodevi, Haridwar and Rishikesh and plans to release the CDs in French and Japanese languages as well. "The process of learning never stops for me. The more I try to learn the more I am intrigued. Of course, at times all this leaves me a bit bewildered. I chart out a diet chart for someone, then move on to teach French and them I find myself practicing Kathak!" Multi tasking hasn't stopped her from wanting to do more. Anuradha is working on a short film on the lesser-known monuments of Hyderabad. "I am also considering doing an MBA," she says. Plus, she is the only Indian right now to be pursuing a Ph.D with the University De Franche-Comte.SANGEETHA DEVI. K