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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.
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.
July 26, 2018
The future is terrifying, but that’s never stopped us. Welcome to Fall 2018 at CounterPulse. Our season launches in rejoice as we celebrate the Turk Street Mural with our Tenderloin community and Twin Walls Mural Company. We then kick off our intrepid performance season with year two of Combustible, with Deborah Slater Dance Theater & […]
A look inside “In Civility Pt. 2: Outrage Machine” by Deborah Slater & John Fesenko Last May housing activists obstructed over a dozen buses ferrying tech workers in the Mission District of San Francisco. Their weapon of choice were e-scooters, a proclamation that shared scooters are treated better than the city’s homeless. With yellow signs […]
TecTonic Shifts is a performance piece exploring psychosocial symptoms in cities interacting with technology and vice versa, an especially pronounced relationship in the San Francisco Bay Area, where urban form and social migration is constantly shifting. In unpacking how displacement can be exacerbated by tech, TecTonic Shifts processes a number of themes including the criminalization […]