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

Rebellious Structures + Dynamic Habits

Taught by Jess Curtis and Abby Crain
March 27-31, Mon-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm

Block Fest with Sylvester Guard

April 7, 3pm-4:30pm, Every first Friday

Edge Residency 2017

Arletta Anderson & Adam Smith and Scarlett Cushion
APR 20-22, 27-29, 2017, THU-SAT 8PM

Archived Events

The White Stuff: Elite Social Justice Boot Camp

Annie Danger with Anna Martine Whitehead, Brontez Purnell, and Elena Rose
March 23-25, 2017, Thursday-Saturday at 8pm

BLESSED UNREST: an arts and social justice festival

Crescent Moon Theater Productions
February 24-25, Friday-Saturday

FAITH MATERIAL: ACTIVISM

Jesse Hewit / Strong Behavior
February 9-11, 2017, Thursday-Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

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