FINALISTS 2020

Eastern Eye Award for Arts

Awarded to an individual, curator or exhibition working through the medium of painting, photography or mixed media.

  • Dr Aruna Mene, Exhibition At The Nehru Centre 
  • Rana Begum, Installations

Eastern Eye Award for Dance

Awarded to an outstanding dancer or choreographer whose work is influenced by South Asian dance traditions.

  • Jaivant Patel , Yaatra
  • Mavin Khoo , Krishna Gana Sabha
  • Seeta Patel , The Rite of Spring

Eastern Eye Award for Literature - Non-Fiction

Awarded to an author for literary work (non-fiction) which has, at its core, a South Asian influence. 

  • Mona Dash , A Roll Of The Dice: A Story Of Loss, Love And Genetics
  • Sarosh Zaiwalla , Honour Bound: Adventures Of An Indian Lawyer In The English Courts
  • Shamil Thakrar, Kavi Thakrar and Naved Nasir , Dishoom – From Bombay With Love  

Eastern Eye Award for Literature - Fiction

Awarded to an author for literary work (non-fiction) which has, at its core, a South Asian influence.

  • Deepa Anappara, Djinn Patrol On The Purple Line
  • George Alagiah OBE, The Burning Land
  • Kavita Jindal, Manual For A Decent Life

Eastern Eye Award for Photography

Presented for an exceptional body of work highlighting South Asia or produced by someone of a South Asian heritage.

  • Anwar Hussein, Exemplary Work Over Six Decades
  • Arpita Shah, Nalini
  • Indy Sagoo, Beauty, Editorial And Commercial Imagery 

Eastern Eye Award for Comedy

Presented to an exceptional artist of South Asian heritage working in the field of live comedy, television sitcom or online web comedy.

  • Guz Khan, Man Like Mobeen
  • Parle Patel, Mrs Kapoor’s Daughter’s Wedding
  • Sukh Ojla, Life Sukhs Eastern Eye Award for Best Presenter Presented to an outstanding Asian presenter who has excelled in Asian or mainstream media.

Eastern Eye Award for Best Presenter

Presented to an outstanding Asian presenter who has excelled in Asian or mainstream media.

  • Naga Munchetty, BBC Breakfast
  • Sona Datta, BBC’s Michelangelo, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
  • Tina Daheley, Interviews Of The Royal Princes

Eastern Eye Award for Best Production

Awarded to an individual or team for outstanding production in television, stage, film or any live event (concert, exhibition, and festival). The event must have been marketed to a UK audience.

  • Asif Khan, Imaam Imraan
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sukanya 
  • Nyla Levy, Does My Bomb Look Big In This? 

Eastern Eye Award for Best Director 

Presented for outstanding directing in film, television or the stage.

  • Asif Kapadia, Diego Maradona
  • Mira Nair, A Suitable Boy
  • Suba Das, Sukanya 

Eastern Eye Award for Best Scriptwriter 

Awarded to a writer for best original or adapted script or screenplay (for film, TV, theatre, radio or a streaming service). 
  • Ayeesha Menon, Q&A
  • Lolita Chakrabarti, Life Of Pi
  • Rabiah Hussain, SPUN 

Eastern Eye Emerging Artist Award - supported by Arts Council England

Presented to an emerging artist who has earned significant recognition for a piece of work in arts and culture. It recognises new and undisputed talent and encourages the UK’s most promising artists at an early stage of their careers. There is no age cut-off.

  • Himali Singh Soin, Poet And Spoken Word Artist, We Are Opposite Like That
  • Joy Crookes, Singer And Songwriter
  • Nabhaan Rizwan, Actor, 1917 And Mogul Mowgli

Eastern Eye Community Engagement Award 

Awarded to a museum, gallery, library, education body or cultural centre for an exceptional and innovative exhibition, programme or project that has taken community engagement a step further through cultural understanding.

  • Altaf Sarwar, Founder, Desi Central
  • The National Theatre, Commitment To Diversity
  • The Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh, Eastern Encounters

Eastern Eye Award for Contemporary Music

Presented to an outstanding artist for creative achievement in the contemporary music industry.

  • Anoushka Shankar, Love Letters And Scoring The BBC Series A Suitable Boy
  • Charli XCX, How I’m Feeling Now
  • Riz Ahmed, The Long Goodbye 

Eastern Eye Award for Traditional Music

Presented to an artist for outstanding achievement in the field of traditional Indian music for creativity and performance.

  • Jasdeep Singh Degun, Musician, Composer And For The Sitar Concerto Arya
  • Pandit Chiranjib Chakraborty, Indian Classical Vocalist
  • Shahbaz Hussain, Tabla Virtuoso

Eastern Eye Award for Theatre, Best Actor

Presented to a male individual for the best performance in a play. 

  • Sid Sagar, The Starry Messenger
  • Waleed Akhtar, A Thousand Splendid Suns 
  • Zubin Varla, Equus 

Eastern Eye Award for Theatre, Best Actress

Presented to a female individual for the best performance in a play. 

  • Anjana Vasan, A Doll’s House
  • Nyla Levy, Does My Bomb Look Big In This?
  • Preeya Kalidas, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie 

Eastern Eye Award for Film, TV & Drama, Best Actor

Presented to a male individual for the best performance in a film, drama or television series.

  • Antonio Aakeel, Dublin Murders
  • Himesh Patel, Yesterday
  • Shubham Saraf, A Suitable Boy

Eastern Eye Award for Film, TV & Drama, Best Actress

Presented to a female individual for the best performance in a film, drama or television series.

  • Kiran Sonia Sawar, Beta Female
  • Shelley King, Coronation Street 
  • Tabu, A Suitable Boy 

Eastern Eye People's Choice Award – supported by Media Hive

Presented to an exceptional individual for outstanding contribution to the arts and cultural landscape of Britain. Voted for by the public. 

  • Anita Rani, Presenting and Diversity Advocacy
  • Charli XCX, How I’m Feeling Now
  • Dev Patel, Acting
  • Guz Khan, Comedy
  • Jameela Jamil, Women Empowerment and Diversity Advocate
  • Mira Nair, Directing
  • Naga Munchetty, Presenting
  • Naomi Scott, Acting
  • Naughty Boy, Music And Mental Health Advocate
  • Nitin Ganatra, Acting 


In order of first name.