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More than a French connection

Prasanth Kumar is multi-talented, combining a deep love for French and Indian scriptures.


PRASANTH KUMAR is an interesting person. A graduate in Genetics, an avid astro-photographer, a self-taught digital artist, a corporate trainer and a master of French, the techno-savvy 20-something is knowledgeable about the Vedas and on no account misses his Ashtangika pranayam at four in the morning, which according to him, is the sole secret of his serenity. Only a Normandy accent, a Katana or Lamborghini can disturb that as he is passionate about them.

Prasanth is the Head of Department, French, at Nalsar Law University, Shamirpet, and director, L' Institut De François at Adarsh Nagar. The Internet is a great tool in his classrooms. "Integrating Internet technologies with teaching strategies helps bring the French culture, life and society closer to the students," says the teacher who has taught over 5,000 students over a period of five years. A few well-known ones are, UN `ambassadors' headed for Bosnia, Chiranjeevi's son Charan, and P. Krishnaiah, director, AP Fisheries (one of his present students), among several others.

The USPs that make him a popular teacher are, the undivided attention he commands in his classes which are essentially paperless classrooms, the infectively interactive `French fundoo's' with online chats that are a part of his lecture-sessions, and well-designed software modules that can help one get the right phonetics of French by observing sound-waves. Students email their homeworkin French through `personalisable' mail sites, like wanadoo.fr or yahoo.fr. "For me, teaching is a symbiotic learning experience, and to make French fun is an ongoing effort ," says the former Attaché Linguistique Academy's student, who was handpicked by the French Embassy for the prestigious course.


Prasanth has big plans for the future. To begin with, maybe a course at Vancouver Film School or the Savanah School of Arts, Georgia, and then an animation studio in India. "I dream of one which my country hasn't seen before." For someone, who can create stunningly similar replicas of Hollywood banners, the CGI-expert sure must have his own reasons. "Well. The knowledge they use over there is all contained in the Vedas."

To bring out the deep, spiritual and scientific wisdom out of the scriptures to teenagers through thematic T-shirts, is yet another plan of Prasanth, in the pipeline. "Of course, the Katana and Lamborghini will follow all that," Prasanth forgets to be dispassionate this time.

SOUVIK CHOWDHURY

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