Meaning of tamasha in English:


Pronunciation /təˈmɑːʃə/


  • 1Indian A grand show, performance, or celebration, especially one involving dance.

    ‘by the sound of it we can expect a joyful tamasha’
    • ‘Earlier this month, your administration spent Rs.11 crore on a tamasha called the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, tempting the diaspora home by offering dual citizenship to non-resident Indians and people of Indian origin.’
    • ‘I find three aspects of the tamasha particularly entertaining.’
    • ‘Their reaction to the quake was to try and encash on it by organising a tamasha in the city.’
    • ‘The performance by street children of the project, uses the whole repertoire from tamasha to vaudeville to create a delightful play around a poor child's desire to get education.’
    • ‘Tamasha can be performed, anywhere, without the construction of any special stage like the village square, the courtyard of any house, an open ground or even on an artificial stage.’
    1. 1.1A fuss or commotion.
      ‘there was a huge tamasha when she wrote to say she'd be in Karachi for a few hours’
      • ‘India is rather unique in the amount of tamasha surrounding the government's budgetary announcements.’
      • ‘Be it the daily tamasha of politics, the funny world of sports or just about any sphere of activity, there are amusing moments, amusing people and amusing incidents that make the year what it is - highly amusing!’
      • ‘Sadly, cricket is India has been reduced to a tamasha.’
      • ‘The tamasha over tickets has reached a feverish crescendo.’
      • ‘Even as the camera recorded this blatant act of arson, on the parapet sat a group of women, one of them nonchalantly dangling her legs, watching the tamasha.’
      disturbance, racket, uproar, tumult, ruckus, clamour, brouhaha, furore, hue and cry, palaver, fuss, stir, to-do, storm, maelstrom, melee


Via Persian and Urdu from Arabic tamāšā ‘walk about together’.