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

Weaving Spirits Festival of Two-Spirit Performance

Co-Curated by Landa Lakes & Javier Stell-Fresquez in association with BAAIT-S
Fri-Sun, Mar 6-8. Fri & Sat, 7pm-10pm, Sun 5pm matinee

Chronicles: Finding Home

Axel Craig Osterberg
Fri, Mar 6, 3-5pm

TenderArts Drumming Circle

Steve Tanksley
First Mondays, October-May, 6pm-8pm

Versus

Julie Phelps & Marc Kate
Thu-Sat, Mar 26-28, 8pm-9pm

Archived Events

Valentine’s Day Boxes

Jeff Marshall
Fri, Feb 14, 3-5pm

Breaching Towards Other Futures

Morehshin Allahyari & Shirin Fahimi
Fri, Feb 7, 7pm-8pm

Music Box Orchestra and the Traveling Mural

Rick Darnel, Dawn Leigh, Ms. Rita Whittaker
Fri, Feb 7, 3-5pm

tiny little get down

tinypistol + little seismic dance company
Fri, Jan 31, 7:30pm-9:30pm

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