Tamasha, tracing its origins to the Peshwa era, has been the source of entertainment and amusement for the rural Marathi audience for more than a century. Lavani, which is the essence of any tamasha performance, is considered, and rightly so, as the folk art form of Maharashtra.
Perhaps the best example of a widely acclaimed tamasha artiste, is that of Vithabai Bhau Maang Narayangaonkar. Winner of the President’s award, Vithabai set the precedent in many ways for tamasha to flourish, simultaneously mirroring the status of a fading tamasha/lavani artiste.
Although tamasha/lavani has carried a stigma for many years, in the recent past, there has been a trend of popularizing lavani in the urban areas in a bid to convince audiences about the respectability of this art form. With well-known dancers pitching in their bit, educated girls from urban families are joining tamasha troupes to learn this art form, and lavani seems all set to have a fresh lease of life.
Help from the State Government and inclusion of this art in University curriculum, has helped in changing the outlook to the future of this art form.
Extensive coverage of tamasha festivals held in villages around Pune, Maharashtra, and conversations with artistes and their troupe members form the basis and core of the film.
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