28 episodes

Chai-Side Chats is an interdisciplinary talk show/podcast initiative that aims to bring artists together into dynamic discussions around creativity and creative process, the arts, healing, personal growth, identity, spirituality, mental/emotional well-being, and much more. In addition to deep, introspective conversations and reflections, each episode also features a special interactive experience where guest artists (and viewers/listeners) are guided through experiential expressive arts activities designed to awaken their creativity through collaboration and community.

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Chai-Side Chats is an interdisciplinary talk show/podcast initiative that aims to bring artists together into dynamic discussions around creativity and creative process, the arts, healing, personal growth, identity, spirituality, mental/emotional well-being, and much more. In addition to deep, introspective conversations and reflections, each episode also features a special interactive experience where guest artists (and viewers/listeners) are guided through experiential expressive arts activities designed to awaken their creativity through collaboration and community.

    S4E4: On daring to do what you dream and exploring the boundaries of creative expression through rhythm, featuring Maya Rau Murthy

    S4E4: On daring to do what you dream and exploring the boundaries of creative expression through rhythm, featuring Maya Rau Murthy

    In this interview episode of Chai-Side Chats, our host Aishwarya is in conversation with multidisciplinary artist Maya Rau Murthy about how she dares to do what she dreams as an artist and her journey of exploring her artistry and healing from mental health challenges as a dancer, composer, and konakkol artist. The episode concludes with an experiential activity that offers a glimpse into Maya’s rhythmic talents and impromptu creative expression through rhythm!

    • 39 min
    S4E3: Vulnerability, insecurity, and self-worth in the inner and outer world of the artist experience, featuring Sindhu Natarajan

    S4E3: Vulnerability, insecurity, and self-worth in the inner and outer world of the artist experience, featuring Sindhu Natarajan

    Our host Aishwarya interviews Indian vocalist Sindhu Natarajan about her journey in navigating the career of full time artistry and musicianship, along with deep explorations and conversations about vulnerability, insecurity, self-worth, and what it means to be thriving as a musician.

    • 38 min
    S4E2: Navigating the ever-evolving journey of a Bharatanatyam dancer, featuring Navya Maitri Konda

    S4E2: Navigating the ever-evolving journey of a Bharatanatyam dancer, featuring Navya Maitri Konda

    In this interview episode of Chai-Side Chats, our host Aishwarya is in conversation with Navya Maitri Konda about the various aspects, challenges, strengths, and growing edges in the journey of a Bharatanatyam dancer, including discussions on motivation, discipline, learning, practice, and performance of one’s craft as an artist.

    • 37 min
    S4E1: The Balancing Act of Honing & Bridging Forms in Interdisciplinary Dance, featuring Kamala Devam and Asha Rowland

    S4E1: The Balancing Act of Honing & Bridging Forms in Interdisciplinary Dance, featuring Kamala Devam and Asha Rowland

    In this season 4 premiere episode of Chai-Side Chats, our host Aishwarya is in conversation with two interdisciplinary artists Kamala Devam and Asha Rowland and speaks with them about their creative process of honing their craft as dancers and the balancing act of bridging multiple dance styles in their hybrid choreography work.

    • 31 min
    S3E8: Creativity and Conformity in Artistic Practice

    S3E8: Creativity and Conformity in Artistic Practice

    In this season finale solo episode of Chai-Side Chats, our host Aishwarya talks about intersections between creativity and conformity. The episode explores questions around what it means to conform to a particular art form, along with the impact of social media and trends on artistic expression.

    • 12 min
    S3E7: Self-care and Burnout in Artists and Creatives

    S3E7: Self-care and Burnout in Artists and Creatives

    In this solo audio-only episode of Chai-Side Chats, our host Aishwarya discusses some of the signs and possible reasons for burnout in artists and creatives. She offers insight on how to develop a personalized self-care plan from her perspective and experience as both an artist and a mental health therapist.

    • 17 min

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