Devendra Sharma (Performer)

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BornMarch 2, 1971
  • Performer
  • Writer
  • Director
  • Guru of North Indian opera

Devendra Sharma (b. March 2, 1971) is a performer, writer, director, and guru of North Indian opera (Sāngīt), including the operatic traditions of Nautanki, Swāng, Bhagat, and Ramlila[1]. Devendra Sharma playing Non-Resident Indian Chaliya who has abandoned his wife in India at CounterPulse, San Francisco, 2009 He introduced north Indian opera to North America and Europe in early 2000s, after his extensive work in India[2]. He was designated as the "Nautanki Master Artist" by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) in 2010[3]. He was trained in the Samai-Khera gharana (traditional opera school) of Sāngīt in India. His operas have been performed across the world and covered extensively by media[4][5][6]. He has trained numerous Indian diaspora and non-Indians in Indian opera forms. Some of his directed and performed operas are "Sultana Daku," "Indal Haran," "Mission Suhani,"and "Hanuman Ki Ramayan"[7]. He has been invited by institutes around the world such as the University of Oxford[8], Columbia University, Theatre Du Soleil Paris, National School of Drama (India's National Drama School)[9], Sangeet Naatak Akademi (India's national academy of performing arts), Jawaharlal Nehru University India, and Banaras Hindu University, to perform, train, and speak about North Indian opera and musical theatre traditions. He is also a professor of communication and performance at California State University[10].


  1. Lothspeich, Pamela. Spring 2020. The Field of Ramlila. Asian Theatre Journal. 37.1.p 16-17, 107. February 1, 2021
  2. Hansen Kathryn. 2014, c1991. Grounds for Play: The Nautanki Theatre of North India. Berkeley: University of California. p. Preface 1-2. ISBN 9780520910881
  3. Title- Devendra Sharma: North Indian Nautanki. ACTA. 2010. Alliance for California Traditional Arts. Date Accessed: February 1, 2021
  4. Shavelson, Lonny. November 1, 2009. Hindi Folk Opera Comes To California. Voice of America. February 1, 2021
  5. Singh, Binay. January 10, 2013. Nautanki in Present Context. Times of India. February 1, 2021
  6. Kandasamy, Ambika. May 6, 2010. Dying Northern India Art Form Revived in Bay Area. San Francisco Public Press. February 1, 2021
  7. Center for South Asia Studies. University of California Presents Nautanki By Devendra Sharma. Center for South Asia. April 17, 2009. University of California- Berkeley. February 1, 2021
  8. The Swang, Bhagat, and Nautanki forms of Traditional Indian Theatre. Oxford School of Global and Area Studies. November 22, 2017. University of Oxford. February 1, 2021
  9. Sultana Daku Nautanki Director Devendra Sharma. International Theatre Festival of India. February 19, 2019. National School of Drama India. February 1, 2021
  10. Dr. Devendra Sharma. Department of Communication. California State University. February 1, 2021

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