About Kolkata Sanved

“I feel myself beautiful during the activity on self awareness through touch.”

About the organisation

Kolkata Sanved uses Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) as an alternative approach to counseling, psychosocial rehabilitation, self expression, and empowerment. Kolkata Sanved pioneered the use of DMT as a therapeutic tool in 2004 for those who are most vulnerable and underprivileged, enabling young women survivors of trafficking to emerge as self sufficient leaders and DMT trainers.

Kolkata Sanved’s core project, ‘Saving Lives through Dance’ works with diverse marginalised communities in collaboration with governments and non-profit organizations (NGOs).

Dance Movement Therapy!

Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) is defined by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA, www.adta.org) as, "The psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional, cognitive and physical integration of the individual."

DMT offers the individual opportunities to be expressive, release tension or trauma, find their inner voice, and become independent. It can be practiced both individually and within group therapy in the fields of health, education, social services and private practice. It is founded on the principle that movement reflects an individual’s patterns of thinking and feeling. The foundations of DMT are formed from three influences; modern dance movement, movement analysis, and the developing theories of psychotherapy.

Kolkata Sanved Approach- Sampoornata (Fulfillment)

Who we reach

f  Survivors of trafficking and violence
f  Children living in red light areas
f  Children living on railway platforms
f  Children in slums
f  Mainstream school children
f  Children with HIV/AIDS
f  Domestic Workers
f  People living with Mental Illness

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


Victims of violence and sexual abuse often suffer severe physical and mental trauma, and as a coping mechanism, mentally separate themselves from their bodies. Kolkata Sanved has pioneered the concept of Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) as a viable means of counseling, rehabilitation and empowerment. Presently we are partnered with 30 organizations in South Asia. In the last 3 years Kolkata Sanved reached more than 5,000 individuals directly through 4564 DMT sessions

Department of Social Welfare, Govt. of West Bengal collaborates with Kolkata Sanved to incorporate DMT into their 5 shelter homes in West Bengal.

Kolkata Sanved academy is affiliated by Tata Institute of Social Science from 2013

Kolkata Sanved members have participated in more than 20 national and international conferences and seminars and 30 workshops.