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


Dohee Lee
Wednesday, August 30, at 6pm-9pm

Won’t You Be Our Neighbor Mixer

Thursday, Sep 7, 5pm – 7pm

Combustible Residency 2017

Freya Olafson & Yagiz Mungan and Daiane Lopez da Silva & Weidong Yang
SEP 7-9, 14-16, 2017, THU-SAT 8PM

Archived Events

Combustible Mixer

Wednesday, July 12, 5pm-7pm


ABD Productions, Skywatchers
Saturday-Sunday, July 8-16 at 11AM to 3PM

Saying No: Dramaturgical Strategies in the Dance-Making Process

Zee Hartmann
Tuesday-Thursday, June 26-29 at 4pm-6pm

WIND STATIONS — a curation of missing people

Tableau Stations / Isak Immanuel + Pijin Neji + Marina Fukushima and special guest
June 15-18, Thu-Sat at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm

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