Sara Ishanturaeva was a renowned theatre and film actress, People’s Artist of the USSR and icon of dramatic art in Soviet Uzbekistan. Along with holding an extensive resume of outstanding roles in plays such as Ostrovskii’s Thunderstorm and Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Othello, Sara was also the deputy to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th convocations of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. On top of this she also received multiple State Prizes, medals and awards, including two Orders of Lenin.

This year the Sara Ishanturaeva Prize of $3000 was presented to Dildora Tulyaganova (Uzbekistan/Turkey) by Hamid Ismailov, the head of BBC Central Asia, for her literature work. Dildora is a journalist and screenwriter. Much of her work is inspired by the creations of Pushkin, Alisher Navoiy, Mandelstam, Esenin and Akhmatova.  She is also influenced by the great educators of Jadidism in Central Asia, such as Behbudiy, Fitrat and Munavvar Qori Abdurashidxonov.