Tamasha is a Persian word, meaning “to walk together,” which traveled to Maharashtra and Deccan through the Mughal dynasty. The word then evolved as the name for a popular folk theatre form, which melded dance, poetry, music, comedy and theatre, and drew from Hindu and Muslim culture. In contemporary Hindi, Tamasha means a grand show or performance, a fun-filled play, or simply entertainment. “Tamasha khara karna,” they say – “make some noise.”
Founded in 2016, Tamasha is the only festival dedicated to South Asian artists in North America. Springing from the South Asian International Performing Arts Festival in 2015 (co-chaired by Arpita Mukherjee and Shubhra Prakash) Tamasha began as an annual celebration of the diverse perspectives, ideas, and imaginations of artists from the South Asian subcontinent and diaspora. Entirely funded by the South Asian community, Tamasha seeks to provide opportunities for up-and-coming artists of South Asian origin to connect and collaborate. Over the course of two years, our festival has featured over 200 artists across the disciplines of theatre, dance, music, spoken word, and comedy.
In 2018-2019, Tamasha is reimagining its structure. We will be featuring 9 South Asian female playwrights and presenting their work in readings over the course of the year. We are partnering up with New York institutions to host each presentation. Each month will feature a Tamasha presentation with the generous support of a different theatre company.
“Valentine” by Deepa Purohit
February 13, 2018
NEW YORK THEATRE WORKSHOP
Suicide Seed by Riti Sachdeva
May 29, 2018
Nicky Park Memorial Park by Deepali Gupta
June 21, 2018
The Dijnn by Divya Mangwani
July 10, 2018
RATTLESTICK PLAYWRIGHTS THEATRE
Yasmina’s Necklace by Rohina Malik
November 8, 2018
PREMIERE STAGES AT KEAN
The Art of Gaman by Dipika Guha
THE PUBLIC THEATER SHIVA
Special thanks to our hosts at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, New Georges, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Premiere Stages at Kean, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Public Theater, The Movement Theatre Company,and WP Theater.