Ichiban (一番): 'Number One,' the 'First,' in Japanese. Dasai (ださい): 'Uncool'.
My name is Sevdha Devi, or simply Sevdha. Or Sevy Devi. Welcome, ようこそ, Bienvenidos and स्वागतम.
I'm a Jamaican of East Indian and European descent living in America that apparently looks Moroccan, sings in Japanese and Hindi and performs Middle Eastern dance. I am an absolute RCOEI INTJ (though most would not guess based on my professions). Every morning, I rise to the blaring melody of the Super Mario Victory Theme, so that I may start the day feeling as though I win at life. There's supposedly an overwhelming irony to that statement that I've yet to figure out.
Among my multitudinous accomplishments include pissing off the celebrity
judges on America's Got Talent. I've won many awards for my work in dance and art, but with my absent-minded nature, I'm probably vying for a Darwin Award the most. In my spare time, I pretend to be a magenta-clad prosecutor.
I like to drink puzzles and solve tea. I left Jamaica as a child and I still spell colour with a 'u'.
I hold liquour like a vertical surface. I tend to avoid
people small talk as much as possible, and one day, I aspire to invent a device that will automatically slap people in the face when they don't use their turn signals correctly.
I have a pet ball python named, 'Ocias'. It is an acronym for 'Oh Crap, It's A Snake.'
The site name, "Ichiban Dasai," came from my Japanese host father, stemming from a comment I could never forget. He commented upon my "geeky" tendencies and my (at the time) deplorable fashion sense, to which he called me - get this - not only uncool, but the #1 Uncool. I wear this title proudly to this day.
Birthday gift to my wonderful friend and protege in dance, Rohnja. It's a poster-sized, 18x24 inches, though I'm only showing a crop of her. I'm featured in the rest of the picture alone with her, but...that's not interesting.
It's a mermaid. With some interesting hair. And a starfish.
Drawn with ink, then digitized in Photoshop and Illustrator.
A visual collective of all my favourite Engrish that I've encountered in Japan. Yes, that's me on the bottom.
All work that you see in this website was initially drawn by hand, then coloured digitally. For commissions, please contact me using the form in the "Contact" section
I will do custom artwork, graphics, pool and wall painting. Rates depend on complexity. Being that the website is new, what is shown thus far constitutes for a very small percentage of available work. Contact me to discuss prices and ask to view more.
Büngi is what one of my signature art styles is called - You know, the colorful ones with the fat, little pixie people. It takes approximately 3 days to produce an 8x10 of my "Büngi"-styled pieces before it is coloured. Most people do not actually realize that every swirl, dot and squiggle was all hand-drawn in pen!
Contact me for artwork for your in-ground pools, fountains and even baths! Pool paint generally comes in two colours - blue and white. Therefore, I use a special mix of paint suited for pools, and based on the individual commission. Water must be drained and surface cleaned (if not already done) prior to work. As with anything, prices vary by complexity of work done. Contact for details.
How could I specialize in henna-styled art and NOT know the art of mehendi? Blasphemy. I am an experienced henna artist, having done simple henna tattoos to bridal mehendi. Contact me to schedule for your events.
Although not featured on this website, I am experienced in making Tsumami Kanzashi, traditional Japanese hand-crafted hair ornaments. Please refer to the contact section for more details!
I make costumes and props, but I do not offer the service at this time. Please refer to Orlando Pagan or Ilia (in the links section) for your costuming/props needs.
Having studied interactive design technology, I have a decent amount of experience with Flash and various video-editing programs.
Contact me today with your questions if you have not seen what you're looking for here. Please refer to the "Contact" section by clicking on the button below.