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

Galatea: A New Rock Musical

Words by Katie Tandy // Direction by Lauren Rosenfield // Music by Geoff Cotter
Thu-Sun, Feb 21-24, Thu-Sat at 8pm, Sun 2pm matinee

Tenderloin Arts Working Group

CounterPulse
Thu, Feb 28, 5pm-6:30pm

Infinite Poetry at Block Fest

Curry Senior Center
Fri, Mar 1, 3pm-5pm

A Love Extreme

ABD Productions
Sat-Sun, Mar 2-3

Archived Events

Love Yourself at Block Fest

Samantha Kuykendall
Fri, Feb 8, 3pm-5pm

UNEARTHED

Titania Kumeh / Sharmi Basu / Semaj Peltier / Silvi Peligras / Catalina Xavlena / Karl Gomez / Chi Chi Castillo/ Kelvin Pittman / Jillian Crochet / Drought Spa / Jesse Austin / Angie Holiday
Sat, Feb 2, 7pm

UNEARTHED stories at Block Fest

Titania Kumeh / Sharmi Basu / Semaj Peltier / Silvi Peligras / Catalina Xavlena / Karl Gomez / Chi Chi Castillo/ Kelvin Pittman / Jillian Crochet / Drought Spa / Jesse Austin / Angie Holiday
Fri, Feb 1, 3-6pm

tiny little get down

tinypistol + little seismic dance company
Fri, Jan 25, 7:30pm-9pm

Blog Roll

  • when you lay your body on mind: Artspan Artist Interview with Brea Weinreb

    Interview conducted by Claire Frost, Artspan Program Manager, on January 28, 2019 Claire Frost: How do you see your work and your practice fitting into CounterPulse’s space + programming? How does this space contextualize (or not) your work? Brea Weinreb: Similar to CounterPulse, community is integral to my work. Every figure painting I’ve ever made has […]

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  • UNEARTHED: Interview with the Artists

    UNEARTHED is a night of video installations and performances by Bay Area emerging artists exploring ancestry and diaspora, trauma and healing, vulnerability and sexuality, and questions about our past and future. Co-curator Claire Staples interviews three of the artists: Titania Kumeh Claire Staples: You have been exploring the bathtub birth story in your performance work for […]

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  • In Spring 2019, CounterPulse threads through time in the twilight between performance and uprising. Our only question is, will you join us?   Spring 2019 Performance Calendar tiny little get down tinypistol + little seismic dance company Jan 25, Fri, 7:30pm-9pm Need to let off a little steam? tinypistol’s Maurya Kerr and little seismic dance […]

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  • I dreamed Bruce Lee was my father

    Performing Diaspora 2018 artists Cynthia Ling Lee and Melissa Lewis in conversation. Cynthia Ling Lee: I’m excited to chat about your work today! Tell me a little about the initial inspiration for your work.  Where did it come from? Melissa Lewis: I had this wild and weird dream some time ago. Bruce Lee (or some version […]

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  • Dear Bruce Lee: A Photo Essay

                      I dreamed Bruce Lee was my father by Melissa Lewis (顾眉) runs Thu-Sat, Dec 6-8 and 13-15 as part of a double-billed performance with Cynthia Ling Lee. Get tickets to Performing Diaspora 2018 at counterpulse.org/performing-diaspora-2018

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