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

The CounterPulse Festival 2021

with FACT/SF, tinypistol, curbAlert, Krista DeNio >> Moving Ground, Faluda Islam / Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Meg Foley, Skybridge, Marc Kate & Julie Phelps, Performance Primers, ArtSpan, and more
September 9-18, 2021

my beloved comet + Saint Leroi

tinypistol
September, 2021

Radius

Instigated by Julie Phelps and Marc Kate in collaboration with KD >> Moving Ground (Krista DeNio)
Sat, Sept 11, 2pm PDT at The McEvoy Foundation for the Arts and Sat, Sept 18, 5pm PDT at Djerassi Resident Artists Program

The ABJD series: Prologue 1009 آغاز ۱۰۰۹ and Heaven 58 جنة ۵۸

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto with Faluda Islam
Fri & Sat, Sept 10 & 15 in-person

Archived Events

Murals of the Tenderloin Walking Tour

Tenderloin Museum & CounterPulse
Sat, Jul 17, 12pm-2:30pm PDT

City Stories Workshop

San Francisco Creative Writing Institute
Thursdays, July 1 & 15, 12pm-2pm PDT at CounterPulse

Beyond Gravity 2021

Jess Curtis/Gravity
Fri & Sat, Jun 25 & 26, 7pm-8pm PDT

ArtSpan Virtual Reception with Elvira Dayel and Emily Gui

ArtSpan & CounterPulse
Thu, Jun 17, 6:30pm-7:30pm PDT

Blog Roll

  • Reverse Chariot I

    While at CounterPulse I first felt out the space and listened to mentor Joanna Haigood and used the first moments to get into my body and meditate on how I wanted to utilize it as a tool to begin telling these stories which I am still learning but that also live within me. I did […]

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  • Glitch Crush

    “Primeiro estranha-se, depois entranha-se” (At first it’s strange, then it gets into your veins) – Fernando Pessoa I am part of the Human/ID team, a collaboration with StratoFyzika and Ian Heisters that probes how identity is rendered legible (or illegible) through movement and technology.  Tagging onto the notion of digital flaws and their rich potential […]

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  • IDENTITY AND MOVEMENT: MOTION TRANSFER WITH NEURAL NETWORKS

    Deep fake dancing and breaking technology I’ve been talking with the StratoFyzika team about how identity resides in the body for their residency in CounterPulse’s Combustible program. We’re researching surveillance technology, machine learning, and dance for a performance in spring 2020. The research is conceptual as well as practical, and the following comprises my notes in building a first […]

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