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Sneha Talika: A multi-faceted trailblazer

By Mahadev Desai

Sneha Talika is a multi-faceted trailblazer, a renaissance woman equally gifted in the arts and the IT field.

Sneha moved to the U.S.in 2006 following her childhood dreams. A full time IT professional, she started Hamsa Productions, and Hamsa4U YouTube Channel along with Hanu Krothapalli. The team has produced more than 80 short and independent movies in Telugu and bagged close to 25 Best Film Awards, and ‘Best Story’ Awards. They are now working on two new projects “Telugu Toranam” and “B +” promoting Telugu language and positivity. Hamsa has provided employment to more than 150 artists and technicians in Vijayawada. For many of the artists, Hamsa4u is a launching platform. Few of them later made it on big screen and small screen.

After her mother’s demise in 2015, she channelized her energies into creative fields and became a writer, lyricist and blogger. Under Hamsa Writings, she has published three poetry books. Being in love (proceedings were donated to blind children to buy musical instruments), Being a mom (proceedings went to support hospice), and Be mine (proceeds went to orphans and children born with AIDS). She is currently working on her 4th book” Heart for Rent” due to be released in the last quarter of this year.

Throughout her creative journey, Sneha never stopped upgrading her IT skillsets. She earned project management certification, ITIL, Big Data, Advanced Data architecture, Master Data management, Scrum certification CBIP (Certified Professional in Business Intelligence), and was also Block Chain Certified from the prestigious MIT.

The Hamsa team:( L to R:) Sneha, Anand and Hanu.

She is currently pursuing AI (Artificial Intelligence) and plans to attend London Business School in 2020. 

She is also working towards her Ph.D. from Nagarjuna University, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, and working on her final dissertation. She will be graduating with Ph.D. in January 2020 and will continue her post Ph.D. studies.

There was another commendable feather in the cap for Sneha this year. An elated Sneha gushes, “Under the guidance of Prof. Siva, I presented a paper on AI at AIT, Thailand and won the best paper award”. Professors in AIT (Asian institute of technology) are working on a unique project: “Implementing Internet of things in agriculture”. She was hand-picked for this initiative based on her prior experience.  

At present, she is working on next research paper for Malaysia, on how Block chain helps in detecting fraud. She will continue to work on green field airport designs comparing USA and Asia. This study requires building models using data science and block chain.

Sneha’s team won the top ten innovations of India award by NASSCOM for her product in 2013. She has continued product development and done some initial works in very sensitive areas where facial recognition is the most important thing to find out the criminals or identify duplicate records, video processing etc.

Sneha and her husband Anand have adopted 3 Anganvadi schools, helping with electricity, water, books, fans and many other basic needs. These outreach activities are driven by Hamsa Charities run by Anand, Hanu and Sneha.

Sneha also volunteers at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta, Riverdale and does all their promo videos, including of celebrations like Ganesh Utsav.

She is a travel blogger, loves travelling. She has tried snow-mobiling, snow-tubing, jet skiing, zip lining, horse-riding, helicopter, and hot-air balloon riding, rafting, hiking and trekking etc. She has shared her travel blog for readers. https://mytravelhamsa.blogspot.com/?m=1

In 2018 she saw a video on contaminated food. This led her, along with Anand and Hanu, to launch Hamsa organics to provide healthy processed organic foods. Hanu has many farms with organic cultivation in India. The team of three started a small scale industry of organic food production. Hamsa organics, under the brand name of AHA (Anand and Hanu) are the first ones in Andhra Pradesh to get USDA certification for pickles, powders and snacks. They also did seed marketing in Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and Fiji, and got good response. Currently, the Hamsa team is reviewing their products, researching on market trends for a 2020 launch.  They have about 50 products already approved by USDA. Unlike other store- bought products, AHA products would be made and shipped to customers within 10 days from the day of manufacturing. Hamsa organics will use air shipment, to preserve the freshness of the products as best as it can. No preservatives will be used in any of the food products.

Her humanitarian services and social activism has not gone unrecognized. She has won Most Inspiring Women Award from GATES (Greater Atlanta Telangana Society). ATA (The American Telugu Association) recognized her in April 2019. TANA (Telugu Association of North America) recognized her services in Media and Arts category. She is currently acting President for a local organization called Telugu Samskriti. 

No doubt, Sneha has a bright future awaiting her. There are many new chapters in her life, yet to unfold. Her inspiring journey continues.

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