One of the most popular performance genres of Northern India, Nautanki’s rich musical compositions, fine poetry and humorous, entertaining storylines hold a strong influence over North Indian people’s imagination. Sultana Daku depicts the exploits of Sultana, a notorious thief from early 20th-century India who lived in the jungles of Uttar Pradesh with his gang of 300 robbers and his lover, Phulkanwar. This Nautanki is a humorous tale of the cat and mouse chase between Sultana and the British superintendent of police, Freddie Young. Dr. Devendra Sharma brings this century old, extremely popular Nautanki classic to life for a contemporary audience.
Sunday, April 15 - Jackson Hall - 1pm
Speaker: Devendra Sharma, associate professor, department of communications, California State University, Fresno; director, Devendra Sharma and Company