Nautanki is a folk theatre form. This operatic theatre performance heavily dependent on music and chorus have been the single most entertaining art form that largely matured and grew up in rural part of Indian subcontinent. Nautanki as an art form has been declining with the shift of entertainment gradually moving towards cinema and television. Bollywood film industry is largely inspired by Nautanki art form.
In recent past the term Nautanki has become synonymous with overacting. HoweverNautanki is a rich art form which travels across various towns giving it a nomadic essence. Aesthetics of Nautanki is the exchange of tongue in cheek lyrics between performers, chorus and musicians conveying contemporary social messages.