Tamaasha Theatre was formed in 2014 with the intent of creating engaging and stimulating theatre productions, and seeding the city of Mumbai with small, intimate, and challenging performance spaces. Moving away from large and centralised performance spaces, Tamaasha Theatre hopes to make theatre and the arts more accessible to diverse audiences across the complex and challenging geography of Mumbai city.
This vision grew out of the theatre experience of several decades of one of India’s most respected theatre directors, Sunil Shanbag, whose work has consistently questioned, illuminated, and challenged perceptions of the world we inhabit. Partnering in the initiative is writer, poet, director Sapan Saran, and a young, deeply committed, core team of actors, musicians, dancers, and technicians.
In the first three years of its existence Tamaasha Theatre initiated several new performance venues across Mumbai in partnership with space owners of art galleries, bars, bookshops, fitness centres and community libraries. We also worked closely with the Chattrapati Shivaji Vastu Sanghralaya (formerly The Prince of Wales Museum) to perform in their public galleries and lawns.
This network is a big opportunity for young theatre makers to create new work, and free them from having to hire expensive, and often unavailable, formal auditoria. Today, this network of alternative, intimate spaces plays host to a rich and growing area of cultural expression be it theatre, music, or dance. Many young people frequent these spaces and engage with the arts, often for the first time.