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.


  • 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


Hypokrit (n.): Actor (Ancient Greek)

Here at Hypokrit Theatre Company, our mission is to encourage artistic inquiry by providing artists from minority communities a platform for their voices and work. We work towards shaping and molding the artists of tomorrow by encouraging original and groundbreaking voices that bring an innovative approach to the arts.

Founded in 2014 by Arpita Mukherjee and Shubhra Prakash, Hypokrit made waves by bringing a radically reimagined Bollywood version of Romeo and Juliet to Access Theater, earning the company a certificate of special recognition from Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. Since then, Hypokrit has produced How to Succeed as an Ethnically Ambiguous Actor starring Zenobia Shroff from The Big Sick first at Paradise Factory and then in co-production with The Castillo Theatre and Eh Dah? Questions for my Father at NYMF. Eh Dah? was named one of the top 10 musicals at NYMF by Playbill and TIme Out, and was reviewed by the New York Times as “a celebration.” It is slated for an Off-Broadway debut in 2019.

Hypokrit strives to embody the rich cultural complexity of the world we live in through our work. Our work is culturally specific, but ultimately about the universality of the human experience. We are a company exclusively run by and wholly dedicated to minority communities. Read more about us here - www.hypokritnyc.org.