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Kamran Asdar Ali, Director WCH 4.132, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3550

Nautanki at UT- Indal Haran (The Abduction of Indal)

Fri, April 26, 2013 • 7:00 PM • Texas Union Theater (UNB 2.228)

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The South Asia Institute presents:

A Nautanki performace by Devendra Sharma's Swang and Nautanki Mandali

INDAL HARAN (The Abduction of Indal)

Directed by Dr. Devendra Sharma under the guidance of Guru Pandit Ramdayal Sharma

Swang-Nautanki is one of the most popular operatic performance traditions of northern India. Before the advent of Bollywood (Indian film industry), Nautanki was the biggest entertainment medium in the villages and towns of northern India. Often, 25,000 to 30,000 people would gather to watch Nautanki performances. Nautanki’s rich musical compositions and humorous, entertaining storylines hold a strong influence over rural people’s imagination, and even after the spread of mass media, a crowd of 10,000 to 15,000 can be seen at the top Nautanki performances. 

Dr. Devendra Sharma is a performer, writer, and director of Swang-Nautanki, Raaslila, Bhagat, and Rasiya, the traditional musical theater genres of northern India. He belongs to a long lineage of Swang-Nautanki exponents going back at least four generations. Dr. Sharma was trained in the famous Swami-Khera Gharana by world-renowned folk guru Pandit Ram Dayal Sharma. He has given more than 500 performances to date worldwide and directed many films illustrating Indian folk traditions. At present, he is an Associate Professor of Communication at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Sharma's artistic mission is to use the indigenous performing arts to bring critical attention to contemporary global issues and empower marginalized people. 

Pandit Ram Dayal Sharma is the legendary star of Hathrasi Swang-Nautanki, Raasleela, Bhagat, and Rasiya performance traditions of India. Pandit Sharma belongs to the famous Swami-Khera Gharana, and is the present Guru of the Gharana. He has over 2,000 performances to his credit. His musical and theatrical compositions have been performed in Theatre Royal and Tara Arts, London U.K., U.S.A, Japan, Germany, Bulgaria, South Korea, Thailand, Norway, and in other national and international arenas. He has participated in programs organized by UNICEF, Sangeet Natak Academy, National School of Drama, Prithvi Theatre, Sahitya Kala Parishad, Apana-Utsav, Urdu Academy, NT.P.C. and Sarthi group all over India.


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