In the Persian language, the word tamasha means fun and entertainment. the dance is thought to be derived from a form of Sanskrit drama- the Prahsana and Bhana which are ancient dance forms. there are two sections of the modern Tamasha troupes. Firstly, the Song-dance troupe and the second one being the Folk-drama troupe. Tamasha is associated with the Kolhati and Mahar communities. The Shahirs who are the poet singers compose many love songs for this particular dance. There are many narratives composed by the Shahirs.
The Tamasha’s performance reflects various dances like the Kathak, kavali, and ghazal songs. The Tamasha generally starts by singing a devotional song and then the dramatic sequence called ‘Gaulan’ is performed. The lavanis or the love songs convey the spirit of Tamasha that are very popular.
Musical instruments used in Tamasha
The musical instruments like dholki drum, tuntuni (a single string instrument), manjeera cymbals, daf (a tambourine-like instrument with a single leather surface), halgi (smaller daf), the metal triangle called kad’, the lejim (an instrument with a jangling sound), the harmonium and ghunghroos (ankle bells) are used in the Tamasha so as to increase the aestheticism in the performance.
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