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
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.
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.
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.
GAAT W- International Secretariat Kolkata Sanved ASIA Initiative 16th Feb-26th Feb 2014 Bangkok
An Photo exhibition on Kolkata Sanved survivor’s journey. “If I Could Fly…” exhibits both the pictures the young women took of themselves as well as the Brooke’s portraits.
Since 2008 Dance/Movement Therapist Bonnie Bernstein, M.Ed, MFT, BC-DMT has traveled for one month each year from California, US to Kolkata to work with the Sanved community.
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