AP: Georgia Teens Start Program to Teach Telugu, Tamil Languages. “From a young age, South Forsyth High School students Suhaas Bonkur, Krithika Kasireddy, Ritika Vemulapalli and Vinay Polaku began learning Telugu and Tamil, which are south Indian languages. When the four friends began hanging out, their speaking and comprehension skills strengthened, as well as their bonds with each other. In March, Bonkur began to develop an idea for a free tutoring service that would offer students of any age the opportunity to learn Telugu and Tamil. It wasn’t until his three friends jumped on board that the program started to take off.”
India Times: Digital archive brings rare Carnatic compositions to life. “Thanks to [KM] Soundaryavalli’s great granddaughter Bhargavi Raman, a lawyer and musician, students and lovers of Carnatic music will now have access to her 500 original compositions in Tamil, Telugu and Sanskrit via a digital archive … Born in 1914, KM Soundaryavalli is one of the few women composers of Carnatic music, a tribe that never got its due recognition during its time.” If you’d like a bit more information on Carnatic music, you can get an overview here.
Financial Express: Google bolsters Indian language support for more inclusive web. “Google has expanded support for nine more Indian languages, including Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam and Kannada, across various products to ensure more people can access Internet in a language of their choice. Powered by ‘neural machine translation’, users will be able to translate between English and nine widely-used Indian languages — Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam and Kannada.”