“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon” – Paul Brandt
She quotes the above line on her email signature and it truly correlates with her personality! To have a successful and an evolving career is one biggest achievement. But, to have multiple successful careers that too, all running parallel at the same time in your life is something beyond my capabilities to describe.
Meet Ragasudha Vinjamuri – An Academic Tutor at our University. Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, Member at Commonwealth Journalists Association, Founder of Sanskruti Centre of Cultural Excellence London, The Chairperson for the Public Relations Committee of Hindu Forum of Britain. Yes! She is all this and much more! Ragasudha has Double Postgraduate Degrees – one in Tourism Management, one in Literature and she is working towards a PhD in Tourism Management.
Ever since her childhood days, she has an inclination towards Arts and Literature. She is a professional Bharatanatyam Dancer trained by the revered Dr Uma Rama Rao and has performed in the British Parliament four times; which is a record for any artist! Since 2004, she has been teaching this art from to her students in the UK. Earlier in Manchester, where she started her initial dance classes and since this summer, she has started Indian folk & classical dance classes at the YMCA in South Harrow, Greater London. Through her other venture ‘Sanskruti’ she offers cultural education and training in Indian folk dances and Bharatanatyam. She has also conducted workshops about Hindu Mythology in various schools across London. Her intention is to try and provide a training platform for children and women to help them build confidence and get inspired.
Ragasudha, an expert of the Telugu language, has written and published various articles, short stories and poems in Telugu. She has successfully transcribed 300 year old Telugu palm leaf folios for the British Library, providing insight into the life and work of the great Hindu Theologian Acharya Ramanuja. Her work was released at an event in the British Parliament, on the 9th of May 2016 to mark the beginning of Ramanuja’s 999th birthday celebrations. It took her over three years to complete this project. She accepted that this was the most challenging task taken up by her so far. Her daughter was just six months old when she started working for this project, she reminisced about how she juggled between her long visits to the library and her baby. She is the cultural secretary of ‘Telugu Association of London’ and also is associated with ‘The European Telugu Association and the Telangana NRE Association’. Apart from this, she teaches Telugu language at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London to PhD students; who have research topics with reference to the language. The superwoman that she is, Ragasudha has also edited the Telugu script of the popular Warner Brothers movie ‘Batman v/s Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ She is responsible for the Public Relations at the Maharashtra Mandal London and is also closely associated with the cultural events conducted by them.
Ragasudha has been felicitated at various events and has a long list of awards to her name. April this year, The Switzerland Telugu Association has conferred upon her the Title of ‘Nrutya Nagaja’ and gave her a citation at Zurich. She has been felicitated by ‘The Bromley and Kent Telugu Association’, for her achievements in the field of art and culture in the past 10 years. The latest feather in her cap is receiving the prestigious ‘Pravasi Stree Shakti Award’ 2016 at the hands of the Cultural Minister in India. This was a global nomination based process for women who have been contributing exceptionally to social, cultural fabric of India as non-resident Indians abroad. She was the only one in Europe to have received it this year!
When asked about what motivates her in her life, she states that the motivation comes from within her and unless one is self-driven, one cannot achieve their dream. She states, “I’m really proud of my achievements and I’m self-driven. One should be!” She also adds, “I have taken up several different tasks in my life but I always ensure that I excel in everything that I take upon myself.” She gives full credit of her success to her family – Her husband and her little daughter for their continuous and unified support.
Signing off we would say, Ragasudha is the personification of the Crystal Prism; her inner light makes herself and the people around her bright and colourful.
Article by Ashwini Shah published