Azad Lab (Free To Speak) is a show that discusses issues that are often sidelined by the mainstream but that cause much disruption and anxiety among young people like masculinity, caste etc. Episode producer Sonam is a college student who loves questioning societal norms through podcasts. She is also associated with Child Survival India.
Episode 5: Kyun Mujhe Purane Prathaye aur Rasmein pasand nehi
" My Mother who had a name and was a Human Being suddenly became a mere body for all after her death. She wasn't even brought inside the house but kept in the parking lot."
Episode producer Sonam shares an anecdote from her life on age old customs and rituals which she feels should evolve over time.
Azad Lab is one of 6 shows produced as part of the Free/Dem Community Podcasts, the online avatar of the Freedem WhatsApp Radio run by community members of Tajpur Pahadi and other urban slums in and around Delhi. The shows are built around ideas of gender equity, love, freedom of expression, human rights and justice. Through the podcasts, community members discuss as well as share their lived realities. They are produced under Ideosync's FREE/DEM initiative, which provides marginalized communities - especially women and migrants - a platform to amplify their narratives and stories using audio and video.