Tamasha Tamasha Tamasha Tamasha Tamasha Tamasha Tamasha

Abhishek Khedekar


Loose Joints, London — 2023
SFr. 42.00
Pages: 88
Edition: First edition
Dimensions: 22 x 26 cm
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-912719-45-7

Indian artist Abhishek Khedekar's experimental docufiction follows a 100-person nomadic troupe of Dalit 'families' performing Tamasha: a travelling form of performance combining dance, music, and visual art dating back to the 1800s. As post-independence India moved away from rural dance and song forms, Tamasha became stigmatised, polarised and relegated in Indian society. Criss-crossing the state of Maharashtra, Khedekar's images dive into the complexity of this sociocultural fabric with a dizzying array of artistic techniques by utilising archival material, collage, documentary photography, performance, sound and video. 

Khedekar's bricolage of experimental visual narratives elevates the make-do, unpretentious attitude of Tamasha performance into a unique aesthetic of song, community and expression: situating Tamasha's traditions in modern India.

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