Indian-origin playwright Tanika Gupta honoured with an MBE

June 14th, 2008 - 4:57 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 14 (ANI): Indian origin British playwright Tanika Gupta has been honoured with an MBE, Members of the Order of the British Empire, in the Queen’s annual birthday honours list.

Gupta is best known for her plays Gladiator Games and Sugar Mummies.

Broadcaster Joan Bakewell, one of the first women to break into TV journalism, has been made a dame for services to journalism and the arts.

Novelist Margaret Drabble has also been made a dame for services to literature.

Composer Michael Nyman and cartoonist Gerald Scarfe have also been honoured with a CBE for their respective services to music and art.

“I’m pleased but surprised, having spent my life being rude to people,” BBC quoted Scarfe, who is married to actress Jane Asher, as saying.

Mark Elder, conductor and music director of the Manchester-based Halle Orchestra, Britain’s oldest symphony orchestra, has received a knighthood.

Playwright Roy Williams, known for his contemporary urban dramas such as Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads, is appointed OBE. (ANI)

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