I’m Anuradha Kowtha, Transformation Consultant at Manifest by Design.
I go by Anuradha. Most people say it: 'An UUU rad a'. But it's actually pronounced 'Anoo ra tha'. The 'dha' is a mixture of 'd' and 'th' that does not truly exist in the English but is a common sound in most Indian languages, including my mother tongue, Telugu.
A Little Bit About Me (Written by a dear friend):
Anuradha Kowtha grew up in the Phoenix, AZ, a child of the South Indian diaspora in the US. Always encouraged by her parents to value STEM subjects. As a high school science teacher, she learned early in her tenure that many of the students she encountered in the Southwest United States were marginalized, poverty-stricken, or simply passed through the system without being tested for learning disabilities or educational deficiencies. She found innovative ways to immerse even the most disadvantaged students in her science courses, establishing a teaching style which has stood the test of time.
A scientist by training and education, Anuradha soon realized that her love of language and logic were pulling her in a new direction. She left the sciences to pursue a Master of Art in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Professional Writing. While studying at the University of New Mexico, she focused her research on the South Indian dance form she had studied from the age of 4 - Bharata Natyam. She began to disentangle the dance, and her own life as the child of immigrants, from the colonialism that shaped both her own country and her parents’ country of origin.
In the years since completing her degree, Anuradha has taken the rhetorical skills she learned and applied them to all aspects of deconstructing colonialism, in both her personal life and her work. She has combined the traditional expertise of such practices as hand reading with her scientific mind to create a space in which she can empower her clients to embrace liberatory ways of living, working, and relating. Through one-on-one consulting, group workshops and trainings, and courses, she helps her clients find meaningful work, a joyful life, interpersonal connection, greater accountability. She has purposefully makes her trainings accessible and affordable to marginalized groups in order to blend post-capitalism with the abundant life she knows each client deserves.
Anuradha has worked with business owners, activists, community organizers, teachers, researchers, scientists and engineers, as well as numerous individuals who simply want better tools to navigate late-stage capitalism.
She has experience in navitating situations with limited resources and supporting those with multiple margins. She not only lives with mental health and neurodivergence, but also cares for those with disabilities. And none of that interferes with the highest level of service she provides, if anything these enhance the care in which she approaches the situation.
A picture of me with my dear family.