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Eastern Eye People’s Choice Award

Akram Khan   Zayn Malik   Anoushka Shankar
Akram Khan
  Zayn Malik
  Anoushka Shankar
Acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan is one of the most respected artists in his field today. In just over sixteen years he has created an impressive body of work that has contributed significantly to the arts in the UK and abroad. His creations incorporate the Indian kathak form and contemporary dance and range from classical and modern solos to artist-to-artist collaborations and company productions.   Zayn Malik needs no introduction, the British heartthrob and former member of One Direction went solo in 2015 forging his own musical career. His album's lead single Pillowtalk was released in 2016 and reached number one on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart. The album Mind of Mine debuted at number one in the UK last year, and he scooped the American Music Award for new artist of the year.   Legendary sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar's daughter Anoushka is a singular figure in the Indian classical and progressive world music scene. Her dynamic and spiritual musicality has garnered several prestigious accolades, including five Grammy Award nominations. She studied exclusively from the age of nine under her father and guru, the late pandit Shankar, and made her professional debut as a classical sitarist at the age of thirteen.
Romesh Ranganathan   Dev Patel   Riz Ahmed
Romesh Ranganathan
  Dev Patel
  Riz Ahmed
Crawley funny boy Romesh Ranganathan is a British stand-up comedian and actor. His impact on the comedy circuit since his debut in 2010 has seen him rapidly make a name for himself. He has become a regular on TV screens, appearing on BBC2’s Mock The Week, Russell Howard’s Good News, and has hosted two series of BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Newsjack and began performing as a comedian whilst working as a mathematics teacher.   Dev Patel's breakthrough came in 2008 with the leading role of Jamal Malik in Danny Boyle's drama Slumdog Millionaire. He started his acting career in Brit teen drama Skins with no prior professional acting experience ten years ago. He has come a long way since then and gained critical acclaim for his recent performance in Lion with Nicole Kidman which is based on a true story.   Dapper Riz Ahmed is an English actor and rapper. He started off featuring in independent films such as The Road to Guantanamo, Shifty, Four Lions, and Trishna, before his breakout role in Nightcrawler. His recent performances include a role in the Star Wards prequel Rogue One and HBO miniseries The Night Of as Nasir Khan which earned him Golden Globe and SAG nominations. As a rapper, he is a member of the Swet Shop Boys, and is known for the critically acclaimed albums Microscope and Cashmere.