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Indian theatrical group, Bombay.

Indian theatrical group, Bombay.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 2/2(22)

Item number: 22

Length: 17.1

Width: 19.1

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. In this studio portrait of a Marathi theatrical troupe, posed in front of a backdrop of vegetation, the tableau consists of five figures, a priest blessing a young woman with three other women watching. 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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