The word tamasha in Persian language means fun and entertainment. The tamasha dance form has been believed to be derived from the ancient form of Sanskrit drama – the ‘Prahsana’ and the ‘Bhana’.
Performance— Kathak, kavali and ghazal songs reflect to any Tamasha performance. Tamasha is generally started with a devotional song and is followed by the dramatic sequence known as ‘Gaulan’. Love songs like Lavani are the spirit of Tamasha and are very much popular. Musical instruments like dholki drum, tuntuni, manjeera cymbals, daf, halgi, the metal triangle called kad’, the lejim, the harmonium and ghunghroos are used to increase the aestheticism of the dance.