We Sinful Women – Photograph

This colour image depicts rehearsals taking place in preparation of Mán Melá ‘s 1995 adaptation of Rukhsana Ahmad’s ‘We Sinful Women’ (Women’s Press, 1991). The play included renditions of poetry written by renowned Pakistani women writers, and was performed with music and song in English and Urdu. The image features Mán Melá ‘s artistic director, Dominic Rai seated with cast members, Kanan Bala Kapoor, Afshan Malik and Kulwinder Kaur. Mán Melá toured ‘We Sinful Women’ around London and then nationally in 1995, after its first performance in 1994, at International Women’s Week in Lewisham.


We Sinful Women – Photograph

This photogrpah is taken from a scene from ‘We Sinful Women’ in 1994. Mán Melá adapted the play from the anthology ‘We Sinful Women’, translated and edited by Rukhsana Ahmad (Women’s Press, 1991). The 1994 play featured poetry by renowned Pakistani women poets, and was performed at international Women’s Week in Lewisham. It returned to the stage and a national tour in 1995. The image features Mán Melá cast members Samia Malik and Afshan Malik.


We Sinful Women – Flyer

This A5, pink flyer was produced for Mán Melá ‘s 1995 adaptation of Rukhsana Ahmad’s ‘We Sinful Women’ (Women’s Press, 1991). The play included renditions of poetry written renowned Pakistani women poets in both Urdu and English. Directed by Dominic Rai, ‘We Sinful Women’ toured London, Portsmouth, Kent, Oldham and Birmingham between March and July 1995.


We Sinful Women – Booklet

This green A5 booklet includes the programme for Mán Melá ‘s adaptation of Rukhsana Ahmad’s ‘We Sinful Women’ (Women’s Press, 1991). The show was a presentation of contemporary poetry written by renowned Pakistani women poets. It was performed in Urdu and English. The booklet features shoert informative articles on the origins and development of Urdu, written by Dominic Rai, the political context of the poetry featured in the play, written by Mizzy Hussain, English translations of the poetry and also brief biographies of the renowned poets and of the Mán Melá performers.


Untouchable Century – Musicians – Photograph

This colour photograph features the musician of Mán Melá ‘s 1999 production ‘Untouchable Century’, at work. The musicians are Andrew Obaka on harmonium, Jason O’Brien on tabla and Maureen Hibbert who was the production’s movement advisor. ‘Untouchable Century’ was directed by Dominic Rai and was dedicated to the life and work of prolific writer Mulk Raj Anand.


Untouchable Century – Photograph

This black and white image features Dev Sagoo as a Mulk Raj Anand and Razia Ayub as Virginia Woolf, in Mán Melá ‘s production of ‘Untouchable Century’. This play was dedicated to the life and works of the great author Mulk Raj Anand. Anand, who lives in India, is known as the father of Indian literature in English. This adaptation of ‘Untouchable Century’ was presented in 1999 and directed by Dominic Rai.


Untouchable Century – Colour Photograph

This colour photograph depicts a scene from Mán Melá ‘s 1999 production of ‘Untouchable Century’. The play was dedicated to the life and works of prolific novelist Mulk Raj Anand, who currently lives in India and was directed by Mán Melá artistic director, Dominic Rai. The image features Mán Melá actors Dev Sagoo as Mulk Raj Anand and Razia Ayub as Virgina Woolf.


Man Mela Theatre Company – Leaflet

This blue flyer for the Mán Melá theatre company features a photograph of an actor playing the part of an Indian soldier during the First World War (taken by John Whitfield). The reverse of the flyer details the theatre company’s forthcoming events and a form for inclusion on their mailing list. The flyer was produced in 1999.


The Pity of War and Peace – Flyer

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.


The Pity of War and Peace – Programme

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.