The Pity of War and Peace – Programme

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This A4 programme was published for a symposium celebrating the life and work of the great writer Mulk Raj Anand, who currently lives in Mumbai. The symposium was presented by Mán Melá Theatre Company at the Nehru Centre in London on 20 October 2000. The programme included readings and performances of extracts from Mulk Raj Anand’s books, presentations by Alastair Niven, the then Director of Literature at the British Council, Ranjana Ash, Founder of the South Asian Literature Society, Amina Yaqin, Lecturer in Urdu at the School for Oriental and African Studies, London and Balraj Khanna, a painter and award-winning writer. The programme also provides some biographical details of Mulk Raj Anand’s life and works and lists forthcoming Mán Melá productions and workshops.

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/3
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.