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 emerging 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.
This year in 2018, Tamasha is reimagining it’s structure. We will be selecting between 6-10 projects to be put up as a reading/workshop over the course of the year. We will be partnering up with other New York theatre companies to host each presentation. Each month will feature a Tamasha presentation in partnership with a different theatre company. Stay tuned for the announcement of our theatre partners!
- Create a platform for up-and-coming South Asian artists and professionals involved in all aspects of performing arts (creative and technical)
- Encourage cultural exchange and dialogue
- Showcase a plethora of works from the South Asian subcontinent as well as the South Asian diaspora
- Provide mentorship, marketing know-how and financial support to artists
- Move the conversation forward on diversity and inclusion in the performing arts
Read more about Tamasha Here: www.tamashanyc.org