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Tamasha takes centrestage: Artistes, academicians look forward

Tamasha takes centrestage: Artistes, academicians look forward

Author: Express news service
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: October 2, 2007
URL: http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Tamasha-takes-centrestage-Artistes-academicians-look-forward/223294/

A unique event brings tamasha artistes, researchers and academicians together in the city for enriching discussions on the tradition of tamasha and concerns of artistes. To be held on October 9 and 10 from 10 am to 7 pm at Bal Gandhavra Rang Mandir, the Naad-Ninaad Tamasha Mahotsav will bring together more than 500 artistes from sangeet baris, diwankhanas and travelling troupes from the Pune district.

They will have the opportunity to share their views with senior academicians like Dr Avalgaonkar, head of the Marathi department, University of Pune and Madhukar Nerale, convener, Pavala Patthe Bapurao Sahitya Sangeet Lokkala Academy and a host of other experts and social commentators. The event will be inaugurated by veteran actor Nilu Phule and MP Srinivas Patil.

Jointly organised by Pathfinder International Mukta Project, Pavala Patthe Bapurao Sahitya Sangeet Lokkala Academy and University of Pune, the event aims to discuss the future of tamasha as a tradition and an art form, brainstorm on the challenges faced by tamasha artistes and discuss the importance of health and issues of social entitlements.

"The festival-cum-workshop is seen as an important first step in building a broader constituency of tamasha supporters including academics, politicians and those who support indigenous music and dance traditions of Maharashtra. An important aspect of maintaining this tradition will be to support the health and well-being of the tamasha artists," said Dr Michele Andina, project-director, Pathfinder International.

It is envisioned that at the end of this festival all participants and the artistes will have a greater understanding of the tradition and take responsibility and ownership of their health. P Malkins of Sangeet Bari and Dholakicha Tamasha, are taking an active role in organising the festival that includes academic discussions and tamasha performances spread over the two days. An exhibition of photographs by photo journalist Sandesh Bhandare depicting the life of tamasha artistes will also be on display.

Pathfinder International Mukta project is working with tamasha artistes across Maharashtra with an aim to enhance their health, encourage health seeking behaviour and promote Tamasha as a cultural tradition. Pavala Patthe Bapurao Sahitya Lokkala Academy is a renowned institution that promotes the tamasha culture. The Marathi department of Pune University is academically involved in conducting research on the tradition and issues of the artistes.

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