South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Nautanki at UT

Wed, March 20, 2013

Devendra Sharma's Swang and Nautanki Mandali present:

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. 

Date: Friday April 26, 2013

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Texas Union Theater (UNB 2.228) 

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the South Asia Institute

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