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JAYADEVI ARTS INC

Rating: 4.84 stars   38 reviews 502

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture

Address:

7401 Nw 16 St St 301A Ste 301A Plantation FL 33313 USA

Mission:

JayaDevi Arts Inc (JAI) preserves, teaches, and presents the arts and culture of Indo- Caribbean communities from Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica, Suriname, and other parts of the Caribbean living in the South Florida area. JAI works to rejuvenate Indo-Caribbean cultural and artistic life and to restore self-esteem to this new American community. JAI stimulates original and artistic creativity such as fusing traditional classical arts form with modern non traditional styles, especially among the younger generation of Indo-Caribbean youths born in the United States. JAI's Cultural skills and artistic craftsmanship emerge from year-round workshops between tradition-bearers, master artists, scholars and young students. . JayaDevi is specifically concerned with the activities and development of community youth. Here JAI's goal is to strengthen community infrastructure support and create the environment necessary for youth to develop into well rounded young adults.

Target demographics:

promote, preserve, unite, educate and present Arts & Culture from Trinidad, Jamica, Guyana & Suriname

Geographic areas served:

South Florida

Programs:

we provide Dance classes in Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Chutney & Rajdhar. A Womyn's Support Group United Phagwah/Holi Celebrations theater productions

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Rating: 5 stars  

Jayadevi Arts is a VERY unique organization Florida is very Lucky to have. Jayadevi works very hard in uniting a stubborn community like the Indo-Caribbeans. They dont support financially and they look for all the faults to magnify, but that NEVER stops Jayadevi!!!! The still keep it going.

The United Phagwah/holi Celebration in March was very good and growing every year getting better and better. 4years growing and getting better and better
The Hardcore chutney with great artists from Trinidad & Suriname was fantastic all who missed it you are a fool!!!! Best Chutney show!
Last year the first Indo-Caribbean Musical dance drama with a cast of 40 artists and 2 venues if you missed this well you miss out bad!!!! Plus it was funded but the County and State !!!! Which Indo-Caribbean Organization funded but BOTH county and State????
There maybe a few technical stuff they have to work on but thats small stuff with any organization. Give This organization HATS OFF !!!!!! Our community is VERY difficult and if the Director didnt have a strong back bone she would never make it 7 years strong.

This is one of the BEST Indo-Caribbean organizations i have see in a very long time and I cant wait to see what else they have coming up!!!!

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it was great participating in the United Phagwah Holi Celebration in Florida March 2015. I was amazing to see Florida Indo-Caribbean people uniting in a great festival. It was nice to meet sooo much people from different countries. Thank you for the opportunity to represent our country Suriname in Florida.

Jayadevi is soooo such a great job in promotion Indo-Caribbean culture and arts in America

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Jayadevi Arts has boosted the indocaribbean culture here in the US by teaching not only different styles of dances that link us to our traditional roots in India but also encompasses the mystic of the Caribbean culture. Most artiste are of a Caribbean background. In keeping with cultures it passes down to the younger generation the traditions that our elders have lived so well ... both in religion, stories and dance. For example our recent HOLI festival .... even on a rainy day as we had ... the crowds attended.
I am a board member and also an artiste. I am 58 year old and it's good to see that Jayadevi is keeping traditions alive.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

our guru (teacher) Denyse is doing a wonderful job ... however we need a bigger space for practice ... I guess this would come in time ...

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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Thank You Jaya Devi for bringing such artistic and cultural extravaganza to us here in Florida. I enjoyed the show and to let you know that in portraying the years gone by it made my children understand some of the things I tell them how I used to live back home. Bringing dance into the play made it so much more entertaining and having groups from different islands bringing the talent of their respective countries was also quite enjoyable ... enjoyed the variety of artist preformed.
Bring more shows like this one... mohan

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be more punctual

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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2 people found this review helpful

Jayadevi Arts Inc continues to exceed expectations with every event. The United Phagwah/ Holi Celebration held in March 2015 was not only well patronized by a wide cross section of ethnic backgrounds, but it provided a medium for the community to come together in true unity.
In spite of the torrential downpour, the event continued with full force; it gave new meaning to "come rain or shine". Everyone enjoyed themselves tremendously and I certainly cannot wait for next year. Well done JAI!

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I attended the Kitchrie Festival over the last weekend and it was the best ever! The caliber of the musicians, the performers, the dancers...were top rated. I have never been to anything like this in South Florida. I would have paid $50 to see this show.
We were educated on a brief history of the Indo-Caribbean heritage and even though we are from different countries, we got a see the similarities within our culture through the performing arts.
The play, though very comical, had a very strong message about family, unity and the purpose of the higher power in our lives. Can't wait to see this group on stage again!
The JAI Dancers added the 3rd dimension to the shows, the dances were the binding element of the production.
The entertainers from Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Jamaica, performing together, on one stage, epitomizes the mission statement of JAI. I will continue to support this organization in any way I can because I see the continuous growth and the positive influence JAI is having in the wider community.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I attended JayaDevi's Umrao Jaan ki Raat event last Saturday and I must say, I left with a feeling of anticipation that I can't wait for the next event. It was an evening showcasing the phenonmenal talent of our Indo-Caribbean Community. The performances were top notched and you can clearly see the level of dedication and committment that went into making this event the success it was. If this event is any indication of the what is in store for us from JayaDevi, then I know our culture will continue to prosper and forge a new identity in South Florida. JayaDevi Arts Inc is not only bringing cultural awareness to the community through visual and performing arts but also teaching and mentoring the dancers to be independent and confident young ladies. Congratulations on a phenomenal job and wishing JAI continued success in 2014!

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I have been a member of this Organization for 2 years and I have personally seen the phenomenal growth of JAI in such a short time. They have never lost focus of their mission statement and continue to grow and educate our community through the Arts. The caliber of their Indo-Caribbean theatrical productions continues to exceed expectations.
For my nominal donation, I get so much from JAI; to me it's an investment in my children's future. The group continues to mentor and train dancers in awareness, discipline, self confidence and professionalism through the Arts.
A vivacious bunch of people with a common goal...preserving Indo-Caribbean culture.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand throughout the country.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Phagwah was a fantastic fun family event with people attending from all cultures and backgrounds. It was an event that brought the entire community together, and showcase the music arts and beliefs of people celebrating Phagwah. I would like to see more events like this in the future, and should hope it would expand along with its already growing attendance.

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Jayadevi Arts Inc has consistently delivered substantial and impressive events for our Indo-Caribbean community throughout the years. They are reputable and have credibility with the local public, as well as Internationally through the affiliations they partner with in the scope of artists and musicians. Jayadevi sets the foundation of what a community non-profit organization should be, and others can surely follow in their footsteps to achieve great heights for everyone involved.

-KiNG RAJ of The Supertones Band
"USA's Most Toured Int'l Chutney/Soca Band"
* INTERNATIONAL ARTISTE * Actor * Entrepreneur * Humanitarian *

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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The United Phagwah/ Holi Celebration was spectacular!!!! Another amazing event! The Group from Suriname was fantastic and the dance style from Suriname was very interesting and incredible. Thank you for exposing use to our rich culture and art forms, we didnt know existed from the other Indo-Caribbean countries. The participation from the other organizations and the partnership from the Broward Sheriff's Office and Crime Stoppers was a FIRST in our community!!!! It was a great accomplishment to have the Broward County Co-sponsor this traditional culture. This is the first time this kind of event received funding in the US.

Thank you Jayadevi Arts for keeping our cultural alive and exposing and educating the larger American community what out little countries have to offer.

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Jayadevi's Umrao Jaan Ki Raat was the talk of the town!!! The stage was transformed to the courtyard from the Movie Umrao Jaan, the students created their own solo dancers which displayed their skills and level of learning, the local singers Shaina Rashid, Vidya Gosine, Neera Maharaj and Neil Persad were exemplary and the guest artists Headliner Amit Inderdeo was exceptional and engaged the crowd they loved him!!! International Dancer Zaman razzled and dazzled the audience with his costumes changes, Wings prop, and great facial expressions. Indian Goddess Sundari--- a drag queen did a fantastic Mujra dance!!! The audience request the same performance a 2nd time back by popular demand! Which non profit Arts Culture organization recognizes and award members of the community for their outstanding achievements and dedication to the community??? Jayadevi did!!! The awards were not corporate standard awards but something that was artsy and would stand out in their collection of awards/trophies.

Jayadevi Arts a 5 year 5013c organization have been make WAVES in South FL. This event is just the beginning ...... In 5-10 years their vision is to have the first Indo-Caribbean Cultural Center in SFL !!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Need more passionate volunteers, committee members and board members

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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We are soooo Happy and great full for an organization like Jayadevi Arts!! They show are unique and of high standards. They teach the younger American born they heritage of the parents, and the immigrants who havent been home in years a nostalgic feeling of our culture, arts, festival and shows. I wish them more and more success for the great work they are doing!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would grant them a permanent home or cultural center

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Definitely

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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March 6 United Phagwah/Holi Celebration event was wonderful. Even tho it rained there was a great turn out. Impressed with all the media coverage great work again Jayadevi!!!

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Jayadevi Arts Inc Have blown away the community with the first Indo-Caribbean musical dance drama in South Florida. 30 cast members and musicians from every Indo-Caribbean community. I was very impressed with the production!

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This organization moves mountains in South Florida in the Indo-Caribbean community

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A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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It was a privilege to act in the play "Chakay." I've grown to know more about my culture and traditions. I was also able to develop new acting technique and lean from other cast members. What excited me the most was going to new places ( Fort Lauderdale) and meeting new people. The entire journey was fun and adventurous.

Thank you to RCC and JayaDevi arts for allowing me to be apart of the cast.


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It was an honor to be a cast member of the in Kitchrie 2014 "Chakay". This play was a great experience for me. I was able to develop new skills in theater and made wonderful new friends. Thank you JayaDevi Arts Inc and RCC for giving me the opportunity to be part of this project to educate our community about our Heritage, and stigmas associated with our culture in the art form.

I have worked the both of these Organizations in the past and each time there is always something new to learn. They open the doors for new individuals when on one else does.

Looking forward to seeing more events like this in the future. Keep up the great work.

Zaman

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A lot

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Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Okay

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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