This happens to be an important dance form
and folk theatre of Maharashtra. This dance
form developed in the16th century. The word
Tamasha in Persian, means fun or
entertainment. Some scholars opine that this
form of theatre was inspired by two forms
of ancient Sanskrit drama - the "Prahasana"
and the "Bhana".
The love songs (Lavanis) form the core of
Tamasha and are immensely popular. The instruments
used during a Tamasha performance include
Dholki (drum), Tuntuni (a
single string instrument), and Manjeera
(cymbals), Daf (a tambourine-like
instrument with a single leather surface),
Kade (a metal triangle), Lejim
(an instrument with a jangling sound), harmonium
and ghungroos (ankle bells). This folk art
is mainly associated with the Kolhati and
Mahar communities of Maharashtra.