The Pity of War and Peace – Flyer

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The front of this brown and white A5 information card illustrates a group of Indian soldiers during the First World War, and an image of Dr Mulk Raj Anand. The card was produced for a symposium celebrating the life and work of this prolific writer organised by Mán Melá . It was held at the Nehru Centre in London on 20 October 2000 and included contributions from Ranjana Ash, Balraj Khanna and Amina Yaqin. It was chaired by Alastair Niven. The symposium also included dramatised readings and performances from Anand’s books which highlight the forgotten role of Indian soldiers during World War One. Mulk Raj Anand currently lives in Mumbai.

Date of Creation / Publication2000
CreatorMán Melá Theatre Company
Associated Person/ OrganisationRai, Dominic
Collection and Reference NumberMán Melá Theatre Company Collection (GB 2661 MM)
Catalogue NumberMM/PRO/UC/4
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or the associated person or organisation where applicable.
Access to originalsThe originals are located at SADAA
Series notesThe Untouchable Century was a major multi-media show produced by Mán Melá between 1998 and 2000. Directed by Dominic Rai, it portrayed the life and work of the ‘father of modern Indian literature in English’ - Dr Mulk Raj Anand, who currently resides in Mumbai. Anand lived in Britain during the wars and knew all the major literary figures of the day including T.S Eliot and Virginia Woolf. The Mán Melá production included extracts from Mulk Raj Anand’s 1935 novel, Untouchable, about twenty-four hours in the life of an Indian lavatory attendant, and Across the Black Waters depicting the tragic fate of the Indian soldiers in World War One. The digitised material in this file includes leaflets, flyers and programmes from the Untouchable Century tour, which also provide background information on the Mán Melá cast and crew as well as historical facts and biographical information on Mulk Raj Anand.
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.