Azadi: The Story of Freedom – Press Release

Series nameProductions: Azadi - The Story of Freedom
Description

This press release was distributed on 28 August 1997 by Mán Melá for its touring show, ‘Azadi: The Story of Freedom’. The production was based on the writings of Indian, British and Pakistan poets and novelists to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the independence of Indian and the creation of Pakistan. The press release details the prominent figures involved as well as the tour dates for the year.

Date of Creation / Publication1997
CreatorMán Melá Theatre Company
Associated Person/ OrganisationRai, Dominic
LocationLondon
Collection and Reference NumberMán Melá Theatre Company Collection (GB 2661 MM)
Catalogue NumberMM/PRO/AZ/1
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or the associated person or organisation where applicable.
Access to originalsThe originals are located at SADAA
Series notes‘Azadi: The Story of Freedom’ was produced by Mán Melá in 1997, to celebrate fifty years of independent writing in India and Pakistan. The multimedia show featured the writings of Indian, Pakistan and British poets and novelists including, Meera Syal, Arundhati Roy, Vikram Seth, Faiz Ahamd Faiz, Hanif Kureishi, Anita Desai and Rukhsana Ahmad. The production also featured actress Mina Anwar, scholar and playwright Shamsuddin Agha, renowned sculptor Nek Chand and the music of Baluji Shrivastav. Azadi was held in various venues in London throughout September and October 1997. The production toured the rest of the UK in 1998, and featured contemporary writing from a new generation of writers.
Collection notesThe Mán Melá Theatre Company Collection consists of digitised material pertaining to Mán Melá’s productions and its audience and project development work since 1993. The items include production and workshop photographs, flyers and information-based programmes.

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