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

THIS IS WHAT I WANT 2017: Tender Nights

with Krista DeNio, Jaime Cortez, Jose Abad, Sammay Dizon, Randy Reyes, Jaq Nguyen Victor, Tavi and Angeline
Thursday-Saturday, May 25-27, at 7:30PM


Hope Mohr Dance
Thursday-Saturday, June 1-3, 2017

WIND STATIONS — a curation of missing people

Tableau Stations / Isak Immanuel + Pijin Neji + Marina Fukushima and special guest
June 15-18, Thu-Sat at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm


ABD Productions, Skywatchers
Saturday-Sunday, July 8-16 at 11:00AM to 3:00PM

Archived Events

CounterPulse Family Feast & Fundraiser

with dana e. fitchett, Kinetech Arts, VivvyAnne ForeverMORE, Jesse Hewit, and more
Thursday, May 11, Opening + Party 7pm-10pm

Block Fest in the Forest

Leroy Staples, Dawn Leigh, Ramekon O'Arwisters, Jason Wyman, Mary Claire Amable, Celi Tamayo-Lee
Friday, May 5th, 3pm-5pm

Edge Residency 2017

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

Block Fest with Sylvester Guard

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

Blog Roll

  • We all know that writing about music is like dancing about architecture, but what about dancing about virtual reality (VR)? (and no a dancer wearing a headset and the audience seeing what she/he is seeing on a flat screen is not dancing about VR). That is one of the questions that I am trying to answer with […]

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  • A quick-not-so-scientific-research on google about the value of human body reveals different numbers from different perspective: According to TIMES, Stanford economistsStefanos Zenios and colleagues have demonstrated that the average value of a year of quality human life is about $129,000. DataGenetics took the approach of reducing human body into basic elements, demonstrated very well with this diagram […]

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  • We are living in a time of endless self definition. Adding to this complexity are the physical phenotypes and social markers which may have us outwardly appear to the world one way, while mismatching our inner reality and self identity. But we exist with others- in a world of labels- responding to intersections of identity […]

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