Hi, I’m Misha Chakrabarti, and I love to talk about dreams. On this podcast I have authentic conversations with people living with purpose. We’ll speak candidly about the joys, woes, laughs, traumas, and mishaps on the not-so-straight and narrow path to manifest a full and vibrant life. We’ll hear stories of the vulnerable moments of stepping out of the shadows and into ourselves. We’ll feel the full range of human emotion and maybe even connect more deeply with ourselves and the world around us. Along the way, I’ll look to answer questions like “how do we discover our passion,” “how do we find the courage to follow our hearts,” and “how do we keep the faith?” Taking the first step to awaken your dreams can be daunting, but sharing our stories we do not walk the road alone. To hear the podcast in Spanish search “Despertando Sueños con Misha Chakrabarti”.
Evy Duskey Dreams of Conscious Creativity
Evy Duskey dreams of conscious creativity. Evy grew up in Ohio, USA with a love of music and a passion for performing. While she felt open and free as a child, the corporate culture of the U.S. moved her toward a practical path and convinced her, for a time, that art was a trivial pursuit. In college she studied abroad in Argentina and her experience had a profound effect on her. She moved from Ohio to Buenos Aires, now nearly 10 years ago, to pursue her love of music in a variety of contexts.
While living in the U.S. stability had been a priority for her. Since relocating and being swept up into the chaos of the City of Fair Winds, she realized that life rarely goes as planned no matter how hard you try to make it so. Evy now creates from a space flow and feels like a conduit, channeling something greater. She never forces herself to make music or art, but instead lives vibrantly and goes with the creative energy when it comes, whether it happens in the middle of a bike ride or a brisk walk. Ultimately, she makes decisions based on her intuition, even when the road ahead isn’t clear.
Today Evy is a musician, copywriter, and magazine founder. Whether writing and performing as frontwoman of the dream pop band Fervors, to starting local arts and culture magazine La La Lista, she has long-nurtured a voracious appetite for “soul-feeding” creative projects that — in her opinion — make life worth living.
She is passionate about supporting local businesses and culture, valuing art and artists, and establishing healthy work-life relationships that respect our limited time on this earth.
La La Lista:
https://www.lalalista.com/ (La La Lista)
https://www.instagram.com/lalalistaba (La La Lista Instagram)
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1hewvGLTvnZQxAqm0SvBqe?si=bpeMW6LBTo2F6zUuT-JpYQ (Fervors Spotify)
https://instagram.com/fervorsmusic (Fervors Instagram)
https://fervors.bandcamp.com/ (Fervors Bandcamp )
w.a.n.t.o.n (solo project):
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5IVB4NT6Wfq2FZEcuDxKqx?si=owRfLMIRS2yTkELJhZwZZA (w.a.n.t.o.n spotify )
https://www.instagram.com/w.a.n.t.o.n/ (w.a.n.t.o.n instagram)
Book Evy mentioned about the creative process and the “morning pages”:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Artist's_Way (The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron)
Trina Chakrabarti Dreams of Healing the World through Music
Trina Chakrabarti dreams of healing the world through music. Specifically, Trina dreams of working with teenagers in inpatient psychiatric care. She wants to provide a space for youth to feel listened to through facilitation of emotional expression using music therapy.
Trina’s sense of purpose in helping teenagers with their mental health and doing so through music came from her own personal experience. As a teenager she struggled with depression and felt lost and alone in her plight. She didn’t know about resources that could help her and didn’t know of any others going through the same thing because depression was a taboo subject at the time. In her darkest moments, she found solace in music and the arts and she says they saved her. Trina wants adolescents to know that they have a myriad of resources available to them to help them with their mental and emotional health; from traditional therapy, to music therapy, and beyond. She also believes in community and wants people to know there are others grappling with the same challenges as them and that they are not alone.
Trina is an accredited Music Therapist who is currently working on her master's thesis. During her masters she specialized in child psychiatry and hopes to work in adolescent mental health care in the future. She is also a musician on her own time. She has achieved her Grade 10 in Voice with the Royal Conservatory of Music, writes her own songs, and plays a variety of instruments. She is currently working on a fiction novel that tackles mental health struggles during the bridge from adolescence into adulthood. In her free time she loves reading, baking, and dancing! Her new original song can be found on her youtube channel, linked below.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TrinaChakrabartiMusic/featured (Channel), New song https://youtu.be/f55_-k14Df8 (“Stolen Pressure”)
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trinachakrabarti/ (https://www.instagram.com/trinachakrabarti/)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrinaChakrabartiYoutube/ (https://www.facebook.com/TrinaChakrabartiYoutube/)
Twitter: https://twitter.com/trinachp_19 (https://twitter.com/trinachp_19)
Sage Behr Dreams of Finding Realization in the Now
Sage Behr dreams of a Finding Realized Life in the Present. She grew up in Iowa, USA surrounded by a culture of success and constant production. Later as an actor based in Chicago, this took the form of a culture of auditioning for a limited number of roles and the pressure to continually turn her ideas into something consumable on a set timeline.
In 2017, after finishing her undergraduate studies, she moved to Buenos Aires to study clown, acting, and improv in Spanish. Performing outside her context, in a different language and culture, she found herself in the midst of a new world that was simultaneously terrifying and liberating. These moments of intense discomfort and vulnerability in front of a live audience moved her deeper and deeper into the present moment. This enabled her to connect with herself and others in a new way.
She saw things in a different light; and found a new sense of possibility. She met so many people doing their own independent projects instead of waiting for a studio to hire them. Sage decided to produce her own original web series Skype with Sage and ¡Gringa! Despite her limited resources at the time, collaborating on these projects with a community that shared her inspiration, gave Sage a new feeling of abundance and joy in the process while letting go of a predefined goal.
Skype with Sage is an original bilingual comedy series that moves in and out of Spanish and English in a series of Skype conversations about multicultural love, life as a young adult in Argentina and the U.S. and what the actual hell might make someone a happy person. It was shot in Buenos Aires in 2019 and has a cast of 19, including Cris Condomí, Julián Lucero, Fede Simonetti, Eliana La Casa and Ondina Arneodo.
You can find Skype with Sage on YouTube and get updates on Instagram:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzLgJRb4XA0andlist=PLv7i0OkBiMx1eawRVWAhEdIib1tuHrwlNandab_channel=sagebehr%20https://www.instagram.com/skypewithsage/ (Skype with Sage on YouTube)
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/skypewithsage/ (@skypewithsage)
Sushmita Banda Dreams of Continuing the Cycle of Empathy
Sushmita Banda dreams of continuing the cycle of empathy. She believes that everybody has a story that deserves to be told. Her experience as a teacher and marketing and branding consultant help her guide organizations to understand their 'why' and create processes to help them reach their goals.
Sushmita grew up in India, and since then has lived and worked in the U.S. and Argentina, spending over a year in each country. In 2018, she embarked on a 4-month solo expedition throughout Europe before moving back to India where she lives now. Over her travels and times living abroad, especially in Argentina, she has been touched by the kindness of those who have helped her for no other reason than that it was the right thing to do. Now she feels moved to continue the cycle of empathy and share that positive energy with the world.
Sushmita has been off social media for over a year, which she has thoroughly enjoyed and feels has helped her to find presence, nurture more authentic relationships, and let go of arbitrary expectations from society. That being said, she says to feel free to reach out via email or to send her a request to connect on LinkedIn or Instagram and she will get back to you at some point in the future.
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sushmitabanda/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sushmitabanda/)
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sushbanda/ (https://www.instagram.com/sushbanda/)
Piyali Chowdhury Dreams to Travel and Travels to Dream
Piyali dreams to travel and travels to dream. She grew up in India with very specific ideas about what her life could be, how the world was, and what was possible. Since then she has traveled widely and moved abroad to the U.S. Through unforeseen challenges and encounters while traveling she expands her sense of what is possible and learns to see the world through others’ eyes.
In addition to travel, Piyali has always wanted to be a war photographer and photojournalist because she never understood what drives people to destroy lives just to gain control of a piece of land or increase their political power. She wanted to expose the horror that war zones create and show how it affects the lives of those living there in the hopes of bringing about true reflection and a real reckoning. Piyali firmly believes and preaches this quote from Jimi Hendrix: “when the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace, so yes my ultimate dream is probably a world without fear.”
To see Piyali's photography, check out the links below:
Website: http://piyalichowdhury.wordpress.com/?fbclid=IwAR32bjZ9hP6e_7jDn4L1AWfsvPPiyL4LcsHhoMwhWCxNI6GdkFM8_ZLH-xQ (http://piyalichowdhury.wordpress.com/)
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pc_piyali/ (@pc_piyali)
Laura Paragano Dreams of Authentic Connection
Laura dreams of finding authentic connection through music. She has felt moments of true peace and unity in nature that awakened her spirituality and changed the way she makes music. Now her creative process comes from a deeper place of flow and Laura brings a sense of openness and presence to her collaborations. She feels most fulfilled when she performs live and people truly connect with her music.
Laura is a writer, musician, board-rider, and human being. Her newest single, a dark and bluesy cover of CCR's "Bad Moon Rising," was released on Oct 9. To listen to Laura's music or follow her journey, check out the links in the episode description. She's open to any projects—music, business, or otherwise.
Find her music on Spotify or Apple music searching “Laura Paragano”.
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lauraparagano/ (@lauraparagano)
Website: http://www.lauraparagano.com/ (www.lauraparagano.com)
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A breath of fresh air!
Misha is such a gifted show host! His blend of casual and profound helps the talented guests open up for intimate and powerful conversations! Usually in each episode, the show doesn't waste any time and dives deep into guests' hopes and dreams. It's such a refreshing listening experience! I highly recommend Dream Awakening to anyone looking for some hope, motivation, or just to listen in on a great conversation!
Perfect Antidote to Uncertain Times
I love this podcast. It’s warm, funny, and guided by a fundamental desire to uncover connection and self awareness. During a time of so much isolation and disconnection, I really appreciate Misha’s ability to create a space for people to express their most heartfelt truths. A focus on achievement and getting ahead permeates so much of our modern culture, and it’s rare to listen to a podcast that asks bigger questions with such sincerity. Looking forward to more episodes!
An authentic gem of a podcast.
It’s always inspiring to listen to Dream Awakening and hear hopes and challenges we can all relate to. Misha has a way of putting others at ease and creating a warm environment where guests can share their deepest values. It’s refreshingly wholesome and feels like being among a caring and connected family at a time when so many of us feel a bit out of sorts.