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Moynihan South Asia Center presents: Nautanki — Indian Folk Opera for the 21st Century

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Nautanki:  Indian Folk Opera for the 21st Century

Presenting Mission Suhani

Directed and performed by Dr. Devendra Sharma, California State University, Fresno and students from Syracuse University.

Mission Suhani follows Suhani, a confident young Indian bride, and Chaliya, her Non-Resident Indian (NRI) groom, who has taken her dowry and left her in India. Against familial and societal pressure, Suhani tracks him down in the U.S., recovers the dowry, and finds her love!Nautanki is one of the most popular performance genres of northern India and an inspiration for Bollywood films.

Prof. Sharma adapts the traditional interactive, festive Nautanki style to contemporary spaces and social issues through music and humor. In celebration of Dr. Agehananda Bharati’s legacy at Syracuse University. Want to participate? Contact the South Asia Center (

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Cosponsored by the Department of Art and Music Histories and Performance Live

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