Definitions for tamashatəˈmɑ ʃə
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A visual art form from Maharashtra, India, involving singing and dancing.
Tamasha is a traditional Marathi folk art form, often with singing and dancing, widely performed by local or travelling theatre groups within the state of Maharashtra, India. It has also been the subject of several Marathi films. Some Hindi movies have also included Tamasha-themed songs in the past. The word has spread to Hindi, Urdu and Marathi, but is of Persian origin and means "fun" or "play". Colloquially the word has come to represent commotion, or any activity or display with bustle and excitement, sometimes ironically in the sense of "a tempest in a teacup". Traditional Tamasha is influenced by many Indian art forms and draws from such diverse traditions as kaveli, ghazals, Kathak dance, dashavatara, lalit and kirtan. There are two types of Tamasha: dholki bhaari and the older form, sangeet baari which contains more dance and music than drama. In Maharashtra, the Kolhati and Mahar groups are traditionally associated with the performance of Tamasha.
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