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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.
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.
April 2, 2018
Excerpted from the original post “Musings on Unison” on online blog, Life as a Modern Dancer: http://blog.lifeasamoderndancer.com/2018/03/musings-on-unison.html Jill Holman Randall-Inside a work, what strategies do you use to perform in unison? Lauren Simpson– We make and perform unison a lot. We never perform in unison to metered music because it flattens and “regularizes” the idiosyncratic rhythms […]
What is a body But a thing That we have made life into Flesh and bone and fascia Blood and gut and sinew Just things Lumped together In folds and flops Joints and juts Sewn up in a sack Of fat and skin and hair And we all agree It’s a body What is a […]
March 1, 2018
Transcription by: Jazlynn G. Eugenio Pastor (Five Feet Dance Collaborator) Joyce: I don’t know if it’s really questions, but this whole process has really forced me to relook at both my pride and shame of being Chinese; really having to- It’s made me go back. I feel like I’ve kind of worked through some of […]