• Healing and recovery - Finding sense of freedom, peace and confidence.

  • Self Expression - An Outlet for emotional release, creativity and thought.

  • Empowerment - Exploring self independence.

"Through the Kolkata Sanved process, I felt my freedom rise."

Our Mission

Kolkata Sanved believes that all individuals should live with dignity and self-respect. This basic sense of empowerment and integrity can be achieved through Dance Movement Therapy.

Kolkata Sanved uses Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) as an alternative approach to counselling, psychosocial rehabilitation, expression, and empowerment for victims of human trafficking and violence.

Our Goal is to become a Center of Excellence in Dance Movement Therapy in South East Asia


Who We Are

Kolkata Sanved’s unique Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) curriculum trains survivors of trafficking, exploitation and abuse to become peer educators, advocates, movement trainers and performers, enabling them to lead lives of dignity and respect.

We have drawn from the Western concept of DMT and applied Indian dance movements to create a successful model and developed a new approach of ‘Sampoornata’ for psycho-social rehabilitation and social transformation.


Who We Reach

Since its inception in 2004 Kolkata Sanved has worked in partnership with 30 organizations across South Asia
including community organizations, civil society networks, rights groups and government institutions.

We conduct sessions in shelter homes, hospitals, government institutions, schools and on railway platforms. Working in partnership with local and international organizations, we have implemented our program in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Indonesia.


Give to Kolkata Sanved

Your donations can help sponsor travel fare, course fees and shelter for the children and youth we are working with.


  • Stand with survivors of sex trafficking, stand against exploitation.

    Kolkata Sanved’s international creative initiative Transforming Steps unites Living Lens U.K, Sadler’s Wells U.K., Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company U.K and Thou Art Yoga Foundation Trinidad to “Stand with Survivors of Sex Trafficking, Stand Against Exploitation’’. Bringing together artist, choreographer, film-maker and development organization, it speaks against sex trafficking and exploitation. The initiative marks a diversity of life experience and real life stories expressed in a thought provoking performance incorporating dance and film.


    It is a unique attempt to enable the young girls participating in the project to explore their inner-most self and communicate with a wider international audience through dance and video.


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    Restoring Smiles Through Dance

    We are very happy that we have successfully completed two years of our implementation of the Restoring Smiles Through Dance module in collaboration with Save the Children India, Mumbai and Kamonohashi Project.

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    UN NGO CSW Forum at CCUN Chapel,New York

    This month, Kolkata Sanved and Jeevika Development Society are coming together to present their powerful work at the NGO Committee on the Status of Women at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

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    Understanding Trafficking:Kolkata Sanved and the American Center, Mumbai

    On Tuesday, March 17, Kolkata Sanved and the American Center, Mumbai will be presenting an event titled,Understanding Human Trafficking to shed light on the issue in the Indian context as well as Kolkata Sanved's innovative work.