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The Tamasha Theater

First Created: May 16, 2010
Page Last Updated: April 04, 2014

Tamasha (literally meaning fun) is a traditional folk art form of  Maharashtra  that includes singing , dancing and especially its double-meaning naughty dialogues. Tamasha performances were enacted by traveling troupes prior to the popularity of movies and television, and the art form has remained popular with its niche audience. Several movies in India are modeled after the Tamasha style that blends street humor with clever plots and situations.

Sexual Innuendos

Rustic erotica and sexual innuendos are abundant in a Tamasha performance. Even though it was common among other theatrical performances that lasted an entire night -- for men to perform the roles of the women, Tamasha plays typically feature a woman in a lead role.

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The Tamasha Folkdance
The Tamasha Folkdance
Sketch by K.K. Hebbar

 

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