We are excited to reveal the finalists for the Eastern Eye Arts Culture and Theatre Awards (ACTAs), showcasing the very best of South Asian talent in the creative industries from literature, film, television, theatre, music, poetry, photography, dance and visual arts.


Najma Akhtar

Pal Aron, Midsommer Murders

Ritu Arya, Polite Society & Barbie

Sheela Banerjee, What's in a Name? Friendship, Identity and History in Modern Multicultural Britain

Anita Bhagwandas, debut book UGLY

Bhangra Nation

Samir Bhamra

Santanu Bhattacharya, One Small Voice

Lucca Chadwick-Patel, My Beautiful Laundrette

Professor Joya Chatterji, Shadows at Noon: The South Asian Twentieth Century

Meneka Das, A Doll’s House

Poulomi Desai

Shomit Dutta, Stumped

Gavin Fernandes

Raj Ghatak, The Father and the Assassin

Tanika Gupta

Deepa Hattangady Karnad

Marcus Hodge, Polo Paintings in Manipur

Kerena Jagpal, Drop the Dead Donkey - The Reawakening

Aysha Kala ‘The Motive and The Cue’ and ‘The Father and the Assassin’

Siddharth Kara, Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives

Priya Kansara, Polite Society

Tanya Katyal, Testmatch

Iqbal Khan, Partition-based play Silence

Komola Collective

Shahzad Latif, What's Love Got to Do with It?

Aditi Mangaldas, Mehek

MK Gallery, Beyond the Page: South Asian Miniature Painting and Britain, 1600 to Now

Aakash Odedra Company, Mehek

Roopa Panesar

Bharti Parmar , contribution for Entangled at the Royal Academy

Bhasker Patel

Jaivant Patel, Waltzing The Blue Gods

Jyoti Patel, The Things That We Lost

Seeta Patel, The Rite of Spring

Geeta Pendse, The London Book Fair and her body of work at the BBC

Phizzical Productions

Kavita Puri, Three Million

Walter Reid, Fighting Retreat: Churchill and India

Hermann Rodrigues

Rogon Productions

Royal Academy, Entangled Pasts, 1768–now. Art, Colonialism and Change

Indhu Rubasingham MBE

Shubham Saraf, Enemy of the People

Sunetra Sarker, Professor T

Meera Syal CBE, Mrs Sidhu Investigates

Premi Tamang, A Doll’s House

The Whole Kahani (The Complete Story)

Osman Yousefzada, Welcome! A Palazzo for Immigrants

John Zubrzycki, The Downfall of India’s Princely State

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