A feminist podcast winning awards & hearts - Soul Sutras

A feminist podcast winning awards & hearts

Masala Podcast, the feminist South Asian podcast winner of British Podcast Awards
  • Winner of British Podcast Awards 2020 & 2019 as well as Spotify SoundUp competition 2018
  • Over 60k downloads over 3 seasons
  • Now a Spotify Original Podcast
  • Seen as a top podcast for womxn of colour, bringing rarely heard experiences & narratives to British media
  • Season 3 features media star Anita Rani, music legend Anoushka Shankar, Indian celeb Shobha De, India’s biggest sex positivity expert Leeza Mangaldas, female condom creator Farah Kabir & many other amazing women
  • Episodes exploring the modern day Kamasutra, female sexuality, pleasure & contraception. Lots of taboo topics covered: from menopause, mental health to…nipple hair
  • Featured in The Observer, BBC Radio, Cosmopolitan, The Evening Standard, Sunday Times Podcast Supplement, Michaela Coel’s “I May Destroy You”, Women’s Health Australia & many more
  • A podcast creating social change • Interviews with poets, porn stars, comedians, burlesque dancers, drag queens, mental health specialists, acclaimed writers as well as queer & non-binary folks • With reflections & personal experiences from creator Sangeeta Pillai on being a South Asian feminist


Sangeeta grew up in a traditional family in India, spending her early years in a Mumbai slum. As a young child, she saw her mother being abused violently daily by her alcoholic father. This led her to battle all her life to have different choices as a woman & to become a staunch feminist.

She set up Soul Sutras & Masala Podcast so South Asian womxn could have open discussions around taboo topics, thus removing the shame and trauma often attached to them. And helping everyone heal together.

Sangeeta feels she couldn’t help her mother. But she can help other South Asian women with her work.

Sangeeta Pillai’s network is also behind the Masala Monologues series of writing workshops & theatre shows in the UK & the US.



“OMG! I love your podcast. Thank you for giving us South Asian womxn a platform.”

“Loved the podcast episode on being South Asian and queer, I really resonated with it and it’s wonderful to see such a space and dialogue being created and shared.”

Masala Podcast Live show

“Honestly, I can’t get enough of Masala Podcast. I can’t stop shouting about it!”

“I stumbled across Masala Podcast today and just wanted to say that I am hooked. It’s so refreshing to hear Asian womxn being so open.”

“I listened to a few episodes and they are all making a big difference and starting a long overdue conversation – you’re a fearless and empathetic presenter which for me is it what makes them so good”

“The mental health episode resonated hard. I’m South Asian & suffer from mental health. Really related to all the complex nuances that you & your guest masterfully navigated.”

“It’s been such a revelation to hear someone talk about so many things I’ve experienced or thought of but never been able to put into words. Wow. Thank you.”


BBC Radio 2

The Observer

The Observer, Sangeeta Pillai

The Evening Standard

Sangeeta Pillai, The Evening Standard

Women’s Health Australia

Sangeeta Pillai, in Women's Health Australia

Sunday Times, Pod Bible Podcast supplement

In the Sunday Times Podcast supplement

 ‘I May Destroy You’ on BBC One

Masala Podcast, I May Destroy You

Eastern Eye

Sangeeta Pillai, featured in Eastern Eye

Huffington Post

Sangeeta Pillai, Huffington Post

Brown Girl Magazine

Sangeeta Pillai, Brown Girl Magazine

Soundfly: 14 Women Pioneers of Podcasting

Best podcast for women, by women Masala Podcast tackles taboos in South Asian culture.


British Podcast Awards Silver, 2020

Masala Podcast, winner British Podcast Awards 2020

Masala Podcast was nominated for two British Podcast Awards 2020. Best New Podcast. Best Sex & Relationships Podcast. And we won silver in the ‘Best Sex & Relationships Podcast‘ category. Cue dupattas flying in the air…

Spotify SoundUp 2018

Masala Podcast was one of the winners at the first ever Spotify SoundUp competition in 2018, to discover new WOC podcasters, and change things up in the world of podcasting usually dominated by white cis men.

Spotify SoundUp winner Sangeeta Pillai
Sangeeta Pillai wins Spotify SoundUp competition in 2018


·ANOUSHKA SHANKAR: One of the world’s most famous South Asian musicians, daughter of the legendary Ravi Shankar
Theme: Who Owns A Woman’s Body?
·SHOBHA DE: A journalist, a socialite, a scriptwriter, a bestselling novelist and one of India’s biggest female celebrities
Theme: Why are older women less valued?
·SEEMA ANAND: A Kamasutra expert and author of book “The Arts of Seduction”
Theme: Is the Kamasutra relevant today?
·RAGA D’SILVA: Queer activist, speaker, writer
Theme: Coming out as queer in your 50s
·LEESA MANGALDAS: One of India’s biggest influencers, working to make sex education accessible in South Asian languages
Theme: Let’s talk about sex (education)
·JOTI GARA AURA: British Asian influencer campaigning about Vitiligo, which she suffers from
Theme: When will beauty be more inclusive? Beautiful with Vitiligo.
·VANDANA SHAH: One of India’s most well-known divorce laywers
Theme: Why is divorce still a stigma in 2021?
·FARAH KABIR: Co-founder of HANX, the first ever female-friendly condom
Theme: Making contraception & sexual health female focussed
·ANITA RANI, BINITA KANE, RUBY BAKHARI, NATASHA: female team behind South Asian Heritage Month, the first ever South Asian heritage festival in the UK
Theme: What does it mean to be a South Asian woman in the UK today?


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