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MALA: Blooms & Bad Women


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MALA is a podcast that unravels the notion of a "bad woman", the Spanish definition of MALA, a garland of flowers in Sanskrit, or in this podcast, Memory As Living Art. The first season of MALA features a house of formerly incarcerated women living in Queens, NY. The women interviewed for this project spent decades in the criminal justice system in New York State. We wanted to render their lives, before & after their convictions, as perfumes. Each fragrance is a composition of the scent memories amassed throughout their lifetime. These are notes from their childhood, of solace, of yearning, of trauma & escape. The act of releasing a scent from a vessel into the air is akin to their newfound freedom, to a life now outside. We welcome you to experience their stories. *Please note that each episode deals with intense themes that may be triggering for some listeners*

Customer Reviews

Story and scent

You will be transported to a world where stories and scents reign if you listen to this podcast. Tanwi’s voice and empathic interviewing style is the balm you need right now.

Bold and beautiful storytelling

Tanwi sets up a rich, sensuous, expansive intro, then fades into the velvety background to let each woman tell her own story. So tender and heavy. Searing and elegant.


I’m so glad a friend introduced me to this podcast. What an incredible project. Beautiful storytelling by the first guest and look forward to hearing the other episodes. Thank you for creating MALA.

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