Controversial Sikh Play Honored with Blackburn Prize

March 8, 2005

Source: Houston Chronicle

On March 8, 2005 the Houston Chronicle reported, "Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, a London-born Sikh of Indian parentage, has won this year's Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her controversial play Behzti (Dishonour) � whose world-premiere run at England's Birmingham Repertory Theatre was cut short in December after violent protests by members of the Sikh community.

Awarded annually for an outstanding new English-language play by a woman, the Houston-based prize was presented to Bhatti at a private reception Monday night in London. The prize carries a cash award of $10,000.

Behzti already had been chosen one of the 12 finalists for this year's prize before the premiere production opened."