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Indo-Caribbean Activist-Centric Drag Queen

Sundari – The Indian Goddess (she/her/hers) is a Guyana-born and an Indo-Caribbean drag entertainer, who currently resides in Far Rockaway, Queens. Sundari was discovered at the Raj Kumari Cultural Center in 2012, with the support of Prita Singh, Radha Singh, Denise Baboola & Detoxx Bu sti-ae, becoming the first Indo-Caribbean/Guyanese Drag Queen to perform in a non-LGBTQ+ musical production in Queens, NY. She is a trained Kathak, Orissi, Bollywood, Bhangra and Chutney dancer. Sundari performs frequently out of drag as well, under the moniker “International Dancer Zaman.” In either persona, Sundari is the only Indo-Caribbean, Guyanese Drag Queen who uses performing arts to promote Indo-Caribbean Arts & Culture and the multiple, intersectional identities of LGBTQ Caribbean immigrants in the New York diaspora.

Since 2012, Sundari has participated in various community events, rallies, actions, and placed 3rd in the 2013 Miss Gay Caribbean USA Pageant. She is a pioneer, having broken through various barriers in the New York Tri-State area and internationally.

SUNDARI THE INDIAN GODDESS

She was the first Indo-Caribbean Drag Queen of Guyanese heritage to perform in a non-LGBTQ+ public musical Indo-Caribbean production, march in the Queens Phagwah Parade, perform for a Hindu temple, act and dance in a Hindu religious musical production, march in AIDS Walk NY, perform on the Queens Phagwah Parade Main Stage, perform at 1st United Madrassi Parade in New York, be featured on ITV Cable Television on the LTWL Show, perform at the Stonewall Inn; perform on the Brooklyn, Queens & Bronx Pride main stages, be featured on ABC7 News, perform at the 2019 World Pride Opening Ceremony in NYC with recording artist Cyndi Lauper at Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY; be a featured performer at an international academic community conference in Toronto (Breaking Silences 2018); be featured on a month-long digital Billboard in 5 different locations in New York City, and to walk the 2019 World Pride Opening Ceremony Rainbow Carpet.

In addition to her breakthrough achievements, she hopes her presence in the wider Caribbean Community will encourage LGBTQ individuals of Caribbean descent to get more involved in their local community issues and help make a difference in their world. Sundari is now a member of the Taranng Dance Troupe (Waves of the Future), a group of diverse trained dancers, who are amplifying visibility and unity within the Caribbean performing arts community in the New York metropolitan tri-state area.

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