Azadi: The Story of Freedom – Programme

Series nameProductions: Azadi - The Story of Freedom

This eight-page booklet includes a cast list and a brief biographies of the authors included in Mán Melá ‘s 1998 production of ‘Azadi’. The production featured dramatic extracts of contemporary literature written by Indian, Pakistan and British writers. The show also featured music by Baluji Shrivastav. Mán Melá first toured ‘Azadi – The Story of Freedom’ in London in 1997, which coincided with the fiftieth anniversary of Indian independence and the creation of Pakistan. The 1988 production toured included Shropshire, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Birmingham, Doncaster, and Southampton.

Date of Creation / Publication1998
CreatorMán Melá Theatre Company
Associated Person/ OrganisationRai, Dominic
Collection and Reference NumberMán Melá Theatre Company Collection (GB 2661 MM)
Catalogue NumberMM/PRO/AZ/2
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.