EP #57: Amritha Shakti – Chennai-Born, Australian-Raised Musician With An MBA

Amritha Shakti (@amritha.shakti) is a Chennai-born, Australian-raised song writer who describes herself as a hippie with an MBA.

She joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss why she decided to get her MBA even though she is so passionate about music, the notion that money is love, having depression in her late teens, her admiration for Abdul Kalam, her strong sense of purpose which involves working in the development field in India, using flow state and more.

Follow Amritha Shakti:
– Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/amritha.shakti/)

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00:19 – Ara introduces this week’s guest, Amritha Shakti
01:16 – Born in Chennai, Raised in Australia; feeling like she wasn’t accepted in either world
02:54 – Why she sounds more North American than Australian
03:45 – Is she a musician or a storyteller? Amritha’s creative outlets
05:10 – Why did Amritha pursue an MBA if she was so passionate about music?
06:40 – Balancing her music career and work as a strategist for a social enterprise
07:58 – Flow state, being present while you’re working, setting deadlines, and more
11:46 – An artist who Amritha would love to collaborate with; Jhené Aiko
12:35 – Spirituality and religion
14:35 – Why she grew up feeling like she didn’t belong
16:42 – Deliberately making her friend circle in Australia “very South-Asian”
17:34 – What direction did her support system push her towards?
20:27 – How her circle of friends changed, diminished, and evolved over time
22:58 – Not learning to prioritize happiness as a child of immigrants and differentiating joy and happiness
25:46 – Independent names in the music industry that excite Amritha
26:33 – Her interests outside of work and what she does for fun; her favourite places to travel
30:03 – An insecurity she has, and where she sees herself in the next 3-5 years
31:55 – The legacy she wants to leave behind; being remembered by friends and family for…
32:32 – Amritha’s opinion on money (investments, FIRE, and more)
38:41 – Ara speaks about his business, Continyou Care
40:02 – What is Amritha’s source(s) of consuming information?
42:16 – Advice she would give her 16-year-old self
43:01 – How Amritha knew she was depressed and what her parents’ thoughts were on it
45:08 – Who she admires in the global Tamil community and non-Tamil community
47:33 – Creator Confessions
50:56 – The Wrap Up

Intro Music

Produced And Mixed By:
– The Tamil Creator
– Yanchan

Written By:
– Aravinthan Ehamparam
– Yanchan Rajmohan