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[Indian theatrical group, Bombay.]

[Indian theatrical group, Bombay.]

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 2/2(21)

Item number: 21

Length: 15.3

Width: 21.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a Theatrical Group in Bombay (now Mumbai) from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Bombay Presidency' by an unknown photographer in the 1870s. This was a studio portrait of a Marathi theatrical troupe, in costume, posed in front of a backdrop of a European interior. Marathi theatre has a long tradition of performance, incorporating songs and dances, and in the 18th century a popular form of folk theatre developed called Tamasha, with snatches of dance and acrobatic movements. Modern Marathi theatre originated in the mid-19th century.

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