Dance, Art

Jehan Kanga, Leah Barclay and S. Shakthidharan

The Dam(n) Project is a large-scale interdisciplinary art project that connects Australian and Indian communities around the common concern of global water security.

The project is focused on community capacity building and the creation of multi-platform creative content that can be disseminated internationally. The outcomes to date include sound installations, audio-visual performances and ZAMEEN, the first major production that presents the lives of remote communities in the Narmada Valley of North India, displaced by large-scale dam development securing hydropower for Indian cities.

Ultimately, the Dam(n) Project is designed to connect global communities around the common concern of global water security and reveal the ramifications of damming rivers that hold cultural and spiritual significance for indigenous communities world-wide.

To discuss touring this show, please contact S. Shakthidharan.


The Dam(n) Project is directed by Jehan KangaLeah Barclay and S. Shakthidharan in partnership with Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts in India and CuriousWorks in Sydney


Dancers: Meghna Nambiar and Sylvester Mardi
Video: S.Shakthidharan
Sound: S.Shakthidharan and Jehan Kanga


This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland (2013) and has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body (2011).

Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.
Our office is located on Tharawal country. Our work takes us across Tharawal, Dharug and Eora lands. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we work, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.