About This Artist

Devendra Sharma is a performer, writer, and director of Nautanki, Raaslila, Bhagat, and Rasiya, the traditional musical theatre genres of northern India. He was trained in the famous Swami-Khera Gharana by renowned folk guru Pundit Ram Dayal Sharma. He has given more than five hundred performances to date and directed many films illustrating Indian folk traditions. At present, he is an Assistant Professor of Communication at California State University, Fresno. Sharma’s artistic mission is to use the indigenous performing arts to bring critical attention to contemporary global issues and empower marginalized people. His current Nautanki piece examines the phenomenon of Indian men who come to America from India to study or work and have two romantic partners, one in India and another in America.


“Mission Suhani”
Nautanki, a traditional folk musical theater from rural north India, is marked by lively dancing, pulsating drumbeats, and full-throated singing. Mission Suhani follows a confident young Indian bride, and her Non-Resident Indian groom, who has taken her dowry and left her in India. Against familial and societal pressure, Suhani travels to the U.S. where she finds her husband, recovers the dowry…and more! Working with his father Pundit Ram Dayal Sharma, a prominent Nautanki master, Sharma crafts a brilliantly entertaining, thought-provoking and moving musical that examines women’s empowerment.

Upcoming Events

WITH and These Teeth – EVENT POSTPONED

Rachael Dichter & Dia Dear and Ishan ایشان (Armineh Astanbous & Rachael Sharkland)
Thu-Sat, Apr 2-4 & 9-11, 8pm-9pm

TenderArts Drumming Circle – EVENT POSTPONED

Steve Tanksley
First Mondays, October-May, 6pm-8pm

Matchbox Lab #4: Hybrid Tenders – EVENT POSTPONED

Ronja Ver <> Kal Spelletich
Tues, Apr 14, 7pm-9pm

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tinypistol / maurya kerr
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Infinite Poetry at Block Fest – EVENT POSTPONED

Curry Senior Center's Phillip Gerson
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Versus – EVENT POSTPONED

Julie Phelps & Marc Kate
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With Hiro Kone and Mx. Silkman
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DIY T-Shirt Fashion Design – Event Postponed

Sylvester Guard Jr.
Fri, Mar 20, 3-5pm

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