Top 5 couples in the Arts
It is difficult to chose the Top 5 Asian couples in the Arts given that there are so many talented people on the list so instead we’ve focused on those who’ve been making waves in the Media and Arts sectors. The Top 5 Asian Power Couples in Arts & Entertainment for 2018 are: Anita Anand & Simon Singh, Sharnita Athwal & Manga Singh, Soumilya & Sangeeta Datta, Idris Khan & Annie Morris and Anoushka Shankar & Joe Wright.
Top 5 Asian Power Couples in Arts & Entertainment 2018
Presented in alphabetical order by surname
Anita Anand & Simon Singh would probably not recognise themselves as being in the “arts”, but, Anita has released two hugely successful books back-to-back: the acclaimed ‘Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary‘ on the life Sophia Duleep Singh, daughter of Maharajah Duleep Singh in 2015 and ‘Koh-i-Noor The History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond’ with co-author William Dalrymple in 2017. Anita will also be judging the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018, one of the most respected and successful literary awards in the world. Simon Singh MBE is an author who has specialised in writing about mathematical and scientific topics in an accessible manner. His written works include Fermat’s Last Theorem, The Code Book and the popular The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets.
Sharnita Athwal & Manga Singh’s reign over the urban Asian dance scene continues unabated with previous events like the Taste & Liquor festival and Digbeth Mela and the couple have just launched The Drunken Tiger, a speakeasy cocktail bar in Harborne. Soumilya & Sangeeta Datta are new entrants to the Asian Power Couples list thanks in part to Baithak, where Sangeeta is a Director, promoting the rich legacy of South Asian arts in the UK during the UK India Year of Culture.
Artists Idris Khan & Annie Morris have also had a successful year: Idris Khan was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2017 for services to art and was featured in the Evening Standard Progress 1000 2017 list of London’s most influential people while Annie Morris was busy creating a work for Louis Vuitton’s flagship store which opened in October 2017 at Place Vendôme, Paris.
Anoushka Shankar (pictured above) debuted and toured her father’s only opera ‘Sukanya’ in 2017 and scored the music for the restored version of the film ‘Shiraz: A Romance of India (1928)’ performing it live in the UK and in India while Joe Wright recently released political drama ‘Darkest Hour’ about Winston Churchill, featuring an Oscar-worthy performance by actor Gary Oldman.