This multi-award-winning South Asian feminist podcast is all about cultural taboos. Everything from sex, sexuality, periods, menopause, porn, mental health, shame, sexual harassment & more. Considered the biggest South Asian feminist podcast representing the voices & views of South Asian women, exploring intersectional feminism from a South Asian lens, Masala Podcast features some of the world's most inspiring South Asian women. Masala Podcast is the winner of multiple British Podcast Awards 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023. Masala Podcast has been featured in the Guardian, BBC Radio, the Observer, Evening Standard, Cosmopolitan, Stylist, Eastern Eye, Huffington Post, BBC Sounds, Brown Girl Magazine, Women’s Health Austria, Deccan Herald India & more.
Fargo/Never Have I Ever star Richa Moorjani on beauty & South Asian identity: S5, Ep 13
Never Have I Ever & Fargo star Richa Moorjani is talking with me, Sangeeta Pillai, host of Masala Podcast!
I'm thrilled to share my conversation with the exceptionally talented Richa Moorjani. We talk about challenging beauty standards, about the importance of representation, about our dual identities as South Asian women living in the West – and so much more.
American actress Richa Moorjani hails from a South Asian family deeply rooted in music, her life filled with melodies and rhythms since her childhood. Her mother is a singer who lived in Mysore before migrating to the United States at the age of seven. A self-taught musical maestro, her father merged his love for music and community, creating bonds with fellow Indian immigrants.
Together, they formed a band that celebrated their roots through the sounds of Hindi cover songs.
Richa’s upbringing in America sowed the seeds of a cultural blend that would later influence Richa's own artistic endeavours.
But this episode isn’t all about music, TV and the arts.
We’re going to get very serious, and make some impact on the cultural divides between Hollywood, and Bollywood.
S5 Ep 12 Sangeeta Pillai: Why I became a South Asian feminist & podcaster
In this extra-special final episode, Masala Podcast creator Sangeeta Pillai becomes the guest. She is interviewed by Hollywood actor & producer Melanie Chandra about the importance of South Asian feminism. Sangeeta talks about her own personal and painful experiences growing up in the Mumbai slums with an alcoholic, abusive father. She talks about seeing her mother and other South Asian women being treated badly, which inspired her to become a feminist activist. Sanegeta also talks about why it’s important for women and girls to have safe spaces like Masala Podcast. And why she will keep being a South Asian feminist and activist until her last breath.
S5 Ep 11 Mira Jacob: Author on fighting racists with words & pics
Mira Jacob is a novelist, memoirist, illustrator and cultural critic. Her graphic memoir, 'Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations,' was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, longlisted for the Pen Open Book Award, nominated for three Eisner awards, and named a New York Times notable book, as well as a Best Book of the Year by Time, Esquire, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal. Mira's writing and drawings have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Electric Literature, Tin House, Literary Hub, Guernica, Vol. 1 and The Telegraph.
Mira Jacob and Masala Podcast had the most wonderful conversation, going from colorism to racism to the joy of fashion. We hope you enjoy listening!
S5 Ep 10 Aparna Nancherla: Comedian on depression not being fun
Aparna Nancherla is an LA-based comedian, actor and writer who performs all over the US and worldwide. Her TV stand-up appearances include Netflix's 'The Standups,' HBO's 'Two Dope Queens,' and Comedy Central's 'The Half Hour.' Aparna was also a series regular on Comedy Central's 'Corporate,' and appeared many times on HBO's 'Crashing.'
She's also made late-night appearances on 'The Late Late Show with James Corden' and 'Late Night with Stephen Colbert.'
Aparna's book of personal essays called 'Unreliable Narrator' is out now.
S5 Ep 9 Avantika Vandanapu: Hollywood star on loving saris
At just 18, Avantika is already a force as a well-known Hollywood actor and producer. She was the first ever Indian American lead in the Disney Channel Original Movies 'Spin'. She was named in Variety’s Young Hollywood 'Up Next' list in 2021. Avantika plays a lead role in the Sony Screen Gems feature 'Horoscope'. Avantika also starred opposite Rebel Wilson in a #1 movie on Netflix, Senior Year. She is also starring as 'Karen' in the Paramount feature 'Mean Girls Musical', for executive producers Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels.
She is also currently developing a TV series adaptation of the New York Times bestselling novel A Crown of Wishes, which she will star in and executive produce, for Disney+.
Avantika is the future, and that future is diverse, talented, and young. Watch this space; you won’t want to miss what comes next.
S5 Ep 8 Tanya Gupta: NASA engineer turned artist on living a colourful life
Tanya Gupta was a NASA aerospace engineer, a childhood dream for so many of us and Tanya made it happen. She worked on a prototype aircraft, which now sits at the Smithsonian, and she also owns a software patent with Kennedy Space Centre.
Born in the UK, she and her family moved to the US and spent some time in India too, all of which informs her work.
These days, Tanya calls herself a New York based art director, multimedia artist and content creator. In 2021, Tanya became the first Indian American to join the Adobe Creative residency, after which she directed social campaigns for Tom Ford beauty, Disney, Toyota, and more. In 2022, Tanya was honoured on the Forbes 30 under 30 list. Her work has also been featured in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Teen Vogue. Tanya lives life in the fullest, brightest colours you can imagine. And that’s just brilliant.
THE CONTENT WE NEED!!
Found out about masala podcasts through Instagram and first ever post was about Sahara Knite, and I absolutely fell in love with the @soulsutras page and these podcasts are absolutely enticing! Empowering and effervescent energy all the way! Definitely check our episode 4, discussing porn and it’s role within South Asian culture. Finally something to relate to as a young woman and it just makes me happy to tune in on a Sunday with my chai 😌Also!! Can we just appreciate the introssss 😂sharam!! Batameez!! Chi chi!! hahahaha!! Addicting!
It’s only two episodes and I want to hear more! I’m hungry for more conversations about the secret lives of South Asian women. We don't talk about these issues enough amongst ourselves let alone with the rest of the world. The conversations help me realize I’m not alone in my experiences and it also helps unpack the complexities of being South Asian in a western society.