Apr 29, 2022
Podcasts have the power to inspire and help make changes for the better; that is what Mission ISRO / 377 has done in India
Gaurav Vaz quit a comfortable IT job to pursue a career in music. When he set up his production company All Small Things, he was forced to pivot to podcasts during the pandemic
Hear the story of how India's space programme, with its uncommon characters and impossible odds, have inspired millions through its retelling on a podcast; while the podcast 377 has helped bring lasting positive change to the LGBTQIA+ community in India by contributing to the abolition of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
About Mission ISRO
Born into violence, poverty and the desolation of colonial exploitation, newly independent India was a nation working hard to find its footing. But its head was held high––high as the clouds. The story of India’s space programme is such an unlikely one, with so many uncommon characters, filled with such impossible odds, that it can sometimes seem like science fiction rather than science. This is that story.
377 is a scripted narrative podcast about the legal action and accompanying social movement against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
This anti-sodomy law was largely used to target MSM (men who have sex with men) populations in India and though rarely enforced, it was wielded as a threat against LGBTQI+ populations until 2018, when it was finally read down by the Indian Supreme Court.
About All Things Small
Gaurav Vaz is the co-founder and COO of All Things Small, a media company aiming to tell true stories. The company started back in October 2019. A bunch of people who never worked together had an idea - "creating content, which is true stories focused or non-fiction focused, coming out of the Indian subcontinent, and being told to the world."
Their one-line vision was ready, but they did not decide on the format of the content. They did not want to be restricted by format or by platform. The aim was to build the skill and ability to tell incredible stories from India in whatever format works best.
About Asia Podcast Podcast Awards
For Asia by Singapore, the Asia Podcast Awards celebrate the best in Asia podcasting. By creating the platform to organise and honour the members of the Asian podcasting community, we will empower Asian voices and celebrate our voices and diversity with the rest of the world.