• 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

To build the ecosystem for DMT for Change across Asia and create leaders and changemakers in the field, especially from underprivileged communities.

Our Vision: To harness the power of dance and dance movement therapy to heal, empower and transform individuals into active citizens and changemakers.

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.


  • 29
    CDMT Convocation

    Kolkata Sanved and Center for Lifelong Learning,TISS Mumbai are thrilled to announce the commencement of India’s first university affiliated certificate course on Dance Movement Therapy on 29th April,2016.

  • 26
    Annual Summit on Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) for Change:An Alternate Healing Process

    The DMT for Change Summit represents a new era in the life of Kolkata Sanved’s ground-breaking work championing the power of Dance Movement Therapy.Our programmes offering a unique DMT curriculum have changed lives locally,nationally and internationally.

  • 11-12
    Restoring Smiles through Dance – 11th and 12th April 2016

    Kolkata Sanved has done a research study to assess the impact of dance movement therapy (DMT) on the traumatic symptoms of the survivors of trafficking and sexual violence for the first time in Institutional care with Sukanya government shelter home,West Bengal residents and has also partnered with Rescue Foundation under the same research study,at Maharashtra,a non-profit,government recognized and registered NGO,working for rescue,rehabilitation and repatriation of victims of human trafficking from different parts of India,Nepal & Bangladesh and sold for forced prostitution