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

Fall 2019 Member Drive

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Open Stage at CounterPulse

Wed, Sept 4, 6pm-7:30pm

tiny little get down

tinypistol + little seismic dance company
Fri, Sept 6, 7:30pm-9pm

Crochet Jam at Block Fest

Ramekon O’Arwisters
Fri, Sept 6, 3pm-5pm

Archived Events

Troop Pop-up Cocktail Garden

Fall Membership Drive Launch
Sat, Aug 17, 4pm-7pm

Flagging at Block Fest

William Taylor Barros, Alejandro Upchurch & Steve Tanksley
Fri, Jun 28, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Tomorrow We Inherit the Earth: The Queer Intifada

Directed by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and collaboratively written and devised
Thu-Sat, Jun 20-22, 8pm-9pm

ARRUDA

Aguas Da Bahia directed by Tania Santiago and Co-produced by Stephanie Bastos
Thu-Sat, Jun 13-15, 8pm

Blog Roll

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    The first day I stepped into Mugwumpin’s brainstorming session for The Looking Glass Self I had no idea what to expect. As Mugwumpin’s summer intern, I’ve been in the Project Space with Mugwumpin during their Combustible Residency rehearsals for 4 months now. I’ve worked as an Assistant Stage Manager, I’ve stood in as a practice […]

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  • Fall 2019 at CounterPulse

    Mark your calendars, CounterPulse is moving full throttle in a relentlessly risk-taking performance line-up this Fall. See our Fall 2019 performance schedule and get tickets below! Combustible Residency 2019 Mugwumpin: The Looking Glass Self Mabel Valdiviezo with Travis Bennett: Metamorphosis: Phase 1 Sept 12-14 & 19-21, Thu-Sat, 7:30pm & 8:15pm Pay-what-you-can Thursdays   CounterPulse is […]

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  • The Looking Glass Self

    Mugwumpin Company Member Ray Oppenheimer on the development of The Looking Glass Self One of the things that I am interested in is the democratization of technology, lowering the barrier for the creation of high quality digital falsehood. As a tool to explore this loss of autonomy and ease of creation we decided to experiment […]

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