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

Tomorrow We Inherit the Earth: The Queer Intifada

Directed by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and collaboratively written and devised
Thu-Sat, Jun 20-22, 8pm-9pm

Flagging at Block Fest

William Taylor Barros, Alejandro Upchurch & Steve Tanksley
Fri, Jun 28, 3:00pm-5:00pm

The Looking Glass Self and Metamorphosis: Phase 1

Mugwumpin and Mabel Valdiviezo with Travis Bennett
Thu-Sat, Sep 12-14 & 19-21, 7:30pm & 8:15pm

Archived Events

ARRUDA

Aguas Da Bahia directed by Tania Santiago and Co-produced by Stephanie Bastos
Thu-Sat, Jun 13-15, 8pm

Zine-Making at Block Fest

San Francisco Suicide Prevention
Fri, Jun 7, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Fabric Animal

Sonsherée Giles & Sebastian Grubb
Thu-Sat, Jun 6-8, 8pm

Work MORE 8: Drag House

Created and produced by OX. Artistic Direction by VivvyAnne ForeverMORE!
Fri-Sat, May 24-25 & May 31-Jun 1, 8pm

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