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."

Tamasha, a Festival for South Asian Performing Arts, is the annual celebration of the diverse perspectives, ideas, and imaginations of artists from the South Asian subcontinent and/or who belong to the South Asian diaspora. Tamasha was created by Arpita Mukherjee, Shubhra Prakash (both former chairs of the South Asian International Performing Arts Festival), and Nikita Chaudhry to provide opportunities for up-and-coming artists of South Asian origin to connect and collaborate.
- 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
Tamasha 2016 will be held from September 26th to October 2nd at Paradise Factory in Manhattan.