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

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She-Verse and mouth//full

Cherie Hill IrieDance and Gabriel Christian & Chibueze Crouch
Thu-Sat, Dec 5-7 & 12-14, 7:45pm-9pm

Tenderloin Women’s Holiday Party

Central City SRO Collaborative, Care Through Touch, La Cocina
Mon, Dec 9, 12pm-2pm

Matchbox Lab #4: Hybrid Tenders

Ronja Ver <> Kal Spelletich
Tues, Dec 17, 7:00pm

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Came Here To Live: Resilience and Resistance in the Containment Zone

ABD Productions & The Skywatchers Ensemble
Fri-Sun, Nov 22-24. Fri-Sat, 7:30pm, Sun 2pm matinee

tiny little get down

tinypistol + little seismic dance company
Fri, Nov 15, 7:30pm-9:30pm

DIY T-Shirt Fashion Design

Sylvester Guard Jr.
Fri, Nov 15, 3-5pm // Sun, Mar 15, 3-5pm

Matchbox Lab #3

Tues, Nov 12, 7pm-9pm
Tanja London <> Camila Magrane

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