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

Human/ID and are:era

StratoFyzika and Pseuda
Wed-Sun, Apr 14-18. Video Installations at CounterPulse Wed-Sun, 12-8pm PDT. Livestream and Q&A on Fri, Apr 16, 5pm PDT

Skills Bucket

with CounterPulse staff!
Third Wednesdays, March-August, 10:30am-11am PST

Colossus

Mica Sigourney with Silk Worm
Sat & Sun, April 24-25, 2021. Sat 5pm, Sun 1PM & 5PM at undisclosed outdoor location

The CounterPulse Birthday Gala

With Sara Shelton Mann / Mixed Bag Productions
Saturday, May 8, 2021

Archived Events

E-GO

Princess4EVR (hosted by Pseuda & Vivvyanne ForeverMORE)
Thu, Apr 1, 2021, 7PM PDT on Twitch

Grand re Union LIVE: re Forming Community Connections

Art Stations Foundation, CounterPulse, Movement Research
Fri, Mar 19, 10:30-11:45am PDT & Sat, Mar 20, 10:00-10:30am PDT

Tenderfest 2021

The Tenderloin Museum, Larkin St Youth Services, Skywatchers, & CounterPulse
Thu, Mar 11, 6pm-7:30pm PST on Zoom

Beyond Gravity 2021: Postponed

Jess Curtis/Gravity
Dates & Times TBD

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