Connecting Communities across SE London through the Arts
Who is Devi Productions?
Devi Productions started as a sole proprietorship in 2012 in SE London, UK by myself, Devaki Thomas, to amalgamate my offerings as a festival director, educator and multi-disciplinary artist from Vancouver, Canada with a specialisation in music, Indian dance, arts marketing and community outreach. The main purpose and focus of DP is to strive for excellence in curating, producing, managing, promoting and presenting grassroots arts, and to create connections for communities, artists and audiences to enrich all involved. Since its inception I have worked on a vast array of projects and organisations including Marketing Director with Sydenham Arts (2012-2014), creator/producer of Colours of India (2013/14), producer of Sydenham has Talent (2013), co-producer Street Celebration for Sydenham Arts (2014), Music Nights in Sydenham at On The Hoof & Canvas & Cream in Forest Hill (2014), Co-creator/producer of History of Indian fashion through Dance at Horniman Museum (2014), producer of Penge-Fest Music Nights at The Bridge House (2015), Head of Marketing at The Bhavan London (2014-2017), co-producing Fabric of India Classical Indian dance performances at the V&A (2016), co-producing The Bhavan Odissi department & Kathak + Bharatanatyam Dance department performances at Alchemy Festival Southbank (2016/17), producing The Bhavan Odissi department performances for Hammersmith & Fulham Artsfest at Westfield (2016), managing multiple events at live music shows for my band Stunflower from The Design Museum to Beautiful Days festival in Devon, launching & co-directing a heritage legacy building Ashburton Hall into a Community Arts Hub for the Croydon Council (2017/18), creating Sound & Movement Sanctuary to deliver wellness-based events, sessions and workshops, reaching hundreds of participants internationally during the pandemic through zoom (2020), creating Global Beats Dance Party at Stanley Arts in South Norwood (2021). See gallery below to get a sense for my work.
Who Am I?
My name is Devaki Anne-Marie Thomas, I am located in SE London, UK, I moved here from Western Canada in 2008 with my husband and 4 sons. I have spent my life-time working in the arts as a festival/event producer/director/marketer, multi-disciplinary performing artist and educator while raising my family. As an artist I specialise in music performance and instruction (drums, percussion, vocals), classical Indian dance performance, instruction and choreography (Odissi & Bharatanatyam) and composing music to collaborate and perform with dancers. In 2017 I decided to focus my energy to qualify with a Masters in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, I am collating this with my experience as an artist to help people heal through movement and sound. I bring a passion for working with people, for sharing my own healing journey, for offering empathic involvement and sharing my skills and experience to enrich the lives of others. I have worked with clients ranging in age from 3 to 68 years and bring a strong sense of empathy for helping people understand and express themselves to enable more self-compassion and self-reliance. Welcome to my space, bless....
Education & Training
Trainings include: Bachelor of Education, Culture & Society (Hons) (2016) Masters in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (2020) both from Goldsmiths, University of London; 200hr Hatha Yoga teacher training certificate from Abhijna School of Yoga in Varkala, India (2015): Diploma in Odissi Dance from the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London (2017). For more info on my professional background and education please visit my LinkedIn profile HERE