The two great men behind India’s first podcast celebrate documenting and motor-cycling its history marked a prestigious 3000 pound United Kingdom award for their unique concept of a “Biker Radio Podcast”.
Arvinder Singh and Shirshendu Banerjee, who is popularly known as Sunny and Shandy achieved the runner’s up prize for “Whickers Radio & Audio funding Award” last Sunday in London. They were awarded for their documentary proposal to follow various hardcore biking buffers as they participated in one of the exhausting motorcycling rallies around the globe, the Raid de Himalaya.
In a statement, the two Indians stated that “We’ve always believed that the future is sound and winning a Whickers Award is an echo of appreciation from the finest promoters of original content.”
They continued, “This puts Biker Radio Podcast, India’s first and exclusive podcast, on the international map as we continue to showcase the stories of motorcycle riders in India on the ‘Long Way Home’ [show].”
Now, both of them next challenge will be to create a special documentary following the bikers on Raid De Himalayan challenge in the upcoming month.
An international radio and TV executive and award’s judicial panel member Jane Mote said that “Forty-six million bikers in India…who knew? I can’t wait to hear more about the world of this huge and new biking community as they take part in this physically and mentally challenging rally.”
Ms. Mote said that “The plan to take listeners into a different and surprising world that turns our preconceptions about India on their head is exactly what Alan [founder Alan Whicker] would have wanted to do.”
This year’s first prize winner of 7000-pound was for radio documentary “I’m a shit Activist”, which he inspired by Stokely Carmichael, who is Cuba’s Civil Rights activist.
Producer Isis Thompson was also enlisted followed by a live pitch by five finalists in front of industry judge’s front panel.
Whicker’s Award Committees Chairperson Valerie Kleeman said that “We loved her enthusiasm, her originality, and her honesty, and feel that she breaks new ground.”
In 2015, Whicker was first established to recognize and fund original and innovative documentaries.
They generously used the legacy of their namesake, who is Alan Whicker, a legend of British broadcast, to support the emerging film and audio documentary-makers in the production of standard programmes and also to identify exceptional audios, which has already been broadcasted.