MánMelá Promotions invites you to help us publish the first illustrated Centenary edition of Mulk Raj Anand’s classic.

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Salt of The Sarkar

The project launched at the House of Commons in October 2014 with the publication of the World War One Centenary edition of the novel Across the Black Waters by Mulk Raj Anand. We plan to continue throughout the centenary years of the First World War, and beyond to reach a new audience of over a million.

Our Fundraising Journey

Help us publish the first illustrated edition of
Across the Black Waters

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In February 2017 we launched our fundraising journey towards illustrating Mulk Raj Anand’s classic, Across the Black Waters. We kicked off the drive with our first Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. We raised 21% of the total we need to complete this illustration. Here is the video we created for that first crowdfunding campaign.

In May 2017 we created a short film, as part of our ongoing fundraising, about the Mirrorpix photography archive which will play an important role in illustrating Across the Black Waters.

Across The Black Waters

Our partner, Shalimar Books is the major supplier of books from India and multicultural books for children in the UK. We have worked with them to research shows since the late 1990s. With their expertise we are delighted they are our partners in publishing and distributing the WW1 Centenary edition of ‘Across the Black Waters’ by Mulk Raj Anand.

About Mulk Raj Anand

‘It has taken nearly one hundred years for the contribution of Indian sepoys in the First World War to be properly recognised.  Yet back in 1939 one of India’s greatest novelists, writing in English but forged by a Panjabi sensibility, described their bravery, suffering and bewilderment as they became cannon fodder in the trenches.’ Alastair Niven, Man Booker prize judge 2014

Mulk Raj Anand

‘It has taken nearly one hundred years for the contribution of Indian sepoys in the First World War to be properly recognised. Yet back in 1939 one of India’s greatest novelists, writing in English but forged by a Panjabi sensibility, described their bravery, suffering and bewilderment as they became cannon fodder in the trenches. Alastair Niven, Man Booker prize judge 2014

Mulk Raj Anand, the son of a soldier, is the author of ‘Across the Black Waters’, one of the most powerful and perceptive war novels ever written.’

Alastair Niven, Man Booker prize judge 1994 and 2014

About Us

“Our aim is to tell the little-known story of the soldiers from Undivided India – Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and others – through the novel Across the Back Waters by Mulk Raj Anand, who met them on their return to India as a teenager. And through Soldiers Letters Home, historical facts behind the fiction which we are discovering through archive documents and images and speaking to descendants of soldiers.

Over a million soldiers fought for Britain and the wider international community in World War One, we wish to reach a new generation of over one million people with their story.”

Dominic Rai and Caroline Goffin are co-directors of Salt of the Sarkar, a project of MánMelá Promotions Ltd. They are the creative team behind Mán Melá Theatre Company that produced the Across the Black Waters production in 1998.

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Dominic Rai

Dominic is a writer, director and founder of the Mán Melá Theatre Company. His commissioned work includes a drama about honour-based crimes for 43 police constabularies, two bilingual community health plays about diabetes and cancer awareness for NHS Derby City and librettist for the Ballad of Bethnal Green for the BBC Singers. Two key themes of his work are the story of Indian soldiers in World War One and the Partitiion of British India and creation of Pakistan in 1947: A Lifetime on Tiptoes by Mazhar Tirmazi https://amzn.to/16cJEtE and Panjab 1947 – A Heart Divided, creative director to the National Archives project about the Partition of India and creation of Pakistan: https://bit.ly/1eFOY6z

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Caroline Goffin

In 1993 Caroline discovered the history of Indian soldiers fighting on the Western Front via a play written by Dominic Rai. Due to the impact this play made she used her lifelong administrative skills in Mán Melá Theatre Company (1994 to date) including the dramatisation of Across the Black Waters by Mulk Raj Anand in 1998, and linked symposium at the Imperial War Museum in London for Remembrance weekend, combining literature and history. Her interest is in the way fiction and the voices of individuals bring historical facts to life.

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