Queer and Muslim Indo-Caribbean Artist
Mohamed A. Amin aka “International Dancer Zaman” (he/him), is an Indo-Caribbean Gay and Muslim Kathak, Orissi, Bollywood, Bhangra and Chutney dancer. He is a native of Guyana, who currently calls Far Rockaway, Queens, home. Zaman studied dance with the Ghungroos Dance Academy for five years under the instructions of DheerajGayaram. To further his passion for interdisciplinaryperforming arts, he took Caribbean & South Asian cultural workshops with the Raj Kumari Cultural Centerand Nirvana Humanitarian Foundation in New York, the Jaya Devi Arts in Florida, and the Leela Dance Collective, led by Rachna Nivas, a renowned Kathak dancer, educator, and arts activist in California. Zaman is the first openly gay Indo-Caribbean dance artist in New York City. He is also an International-drag artist, where Zaman goes by the name of “Sundari –The Indian Goddess.” Both Zaman and Sundari uses performing arts to promote Indo-Caribbean Arts & Culture and the multiple, intersectional identities of LGBTQ Caribbean immigrants in the diaspora.
INTERNATIONAL DANCER ZAMAN
In June of 2013, Zaman was hospitalized after he survived a vicious attack in an anti-LGBTQ hate incident in Richmond Hill, Queens. The violence mobilized local LGBTQ activists and allies to organize a Peace Rally, which eventually led to the formation of the Caribbean Equality Project in 2015.
Zaman is the recipient of various awards, including: New York State Assembly Certificate of Merit, 2018 Honoree Guyana Tri-State Alliance Inc. “Leader of Tomorrow” Golden Arrowhead Award, Guyana 52nd Independence Anniversary Award and various other awards from community organizations, leaders and events for his community service and civic participation.
International Dancer Zaman’s choreographies have been featured on the following platforms: Miss New York's Outstanding Teen, Miss New York, Miss America's Outstanding Teen, Miss World, Miss Universe Guyana, and on the film, "Echos from the Plantation.” Zaman is one of the founding members, and the lead choreographer of the Taranng Dance Troupe (Waves of the Future). This is a group of diverse, trained dancers amplifying visibility and unity within the Caribbean performing arts community in the New York metropolitan tri-state area.