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

Broken Seeds Still Grow: Taking Root

Nava Dance Theatre
Fri-Sun, Mar 29-31, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sat & Sun 3pm matinee

/soft/c/ and ceremonious present

Stephanie Hewett and Kim Ip/Krimm's Dance Party
Thu-Sat, April 4-6 & 11-13, 8pm

Open Stage at CounterPulse

Wed, Apr 17, 6:00pm-7:30pm

tiny little get down

tinypistol + little seismic dance company
Fri, Apr 19, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Archived Events

Amerta Movement Mini-Symposium: Ritual ~ Performance ~ Daily Life

Public Workshop, Discussion, and Informal Performances by Margit Galanter, Julie Nathanielsz, Mara Poliak, and Sally Dean
Sun, Mar 17, 1:00pm-5:00pm

Somatic Costumes Performance Showing

Sally Dean
Sun, Mar 17, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Second Storm

inkBoat and friends
Sat, Mar 16, 5:00pm-6:00pm at Grace Cathedral

T.V.O.D. All-Nighter

T.V.O.D.
Sat-Sun, Mar 16-17, 11:59pm-6:00am

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