In 1910 he left for Tiflis where he studied at a School of Commerce and joined an amateur actors" club at Shaitan Bazaar.
He received his primary education at Maktab-i Tarbiyya school in Nakhchivan, where he learned Russian, Persian and Arabic languages. He continued his education at a three-year Russian school in his hometown. His interest to theatre was invoked by actor Huseyn Arablinski who was touring Nakhchivan with his troupe in 1907.
Constantly travelling between Nakhchivan, Tiflis and Erivan, he often participate in both amateur and professional theatre activities in all of the three cities.
In 1918, Tahmasib moved to Baku to enter the program of Oriental Studies at the Azerbaijan State University. In his final year of university, Tahmasib switched to the program of Education.
In 1933 he was invited by Sergei Eisenstein to Moscow to pursue a degree in film directing at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography and accepted the invitation, having been involved in theatre throughout the 1920s.
Cinematographers’ Union of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics.