Welcome Professor Bernstein to Kolkata Sanved family.Once again Kolkata Sanved is delighted to have the presence of Bonnie Bernstein,Dance/Movement Therapist,M.Ed, MFT, BC-DMT, from 30th November to 20th December 2016.Since it is the 9th year she is traveling from California,USA to Kolkata Sanved to facilitate the Western approaches of DMT to Kolkata Saved DMT practitioners.Our deepest gratitude towards her immense contribution for Kolkata Sanved growth in the sector of DMT and in development of DMT practitioners.Bonnie Bernstein, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist,Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist,Registered Expressive Arts Therapist and also a CAMFT Certified Supervisor,with an experience of 40 years.At Kolkata Sanved this year she will take up total 17 days,119 hours of training for our core group of practitioners,junior practitioners and also for our new batch of Training of Trainers program.The core group of Sanved will undergo an advanced level of training and for Training of Trainers batch it will be a valuable experience to explore Western aspects of DMT.We thank Bonnie Bernstein for her continuous support and generous contribution to Kolkata Sanved.
Kolkata Sanved is proud and excited to announce that Sohini Chakraborty,the Founder Director of Kolkata Sanved,will be attending the first VV100 Strategic Gathering and Retreat,organized by Vital Voice Global Partnership and Johnson & Johnson,at Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay,California from October 10th to 14th 2016.Vital Voice is a global organization which works with women leaders all over the world to achieve their bold and innovative visions for changing their communities and countries.Through their program of Innovation Partnerships Initiative,they selected the 100 most engaged and visionary Women Leaders,among whom Sohini Chakraborty is one.
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. The convocation is comprised of a seminar workshop on Dance Movement Therapy for Development and Change at TISS Mumbai from 10 am to 6 pm. We will celebrate the achievements of a group of 32 passionate Dance Movement Therapy practitioners who will be using their skills to transform lives. To learn more about the TISS affiliated DMT certificate course and how you can train with us, please visit our homepage at www.kolkatasanved.org and www.tiss.edu. #TISS #ADTA #dancemovementtherapy #socialdevelopment
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. Our knowledge of 12 years of experience has been further strengthened through collaboration with an academic university, the Center for Lifelong Learning, TISS Mumbai.During the DMT Annual Summit,Kolkata Sanved will examine the contribution of DMT in psychosocial rehabilitation and alternative healing.Kolkata Sanved has been discussing certain concerns such as a) the need to reflect on ourselves as Dance Movement Therapists and expressive arts therapy practitioners b) the need to discover how more people can access DMT and how more people can own the practice c) the need to discuss the ability to map and quantify the creative and healing process of individuals.Let us challenge ourselves to discover new ideas and new approaches in the next decades of DMT and other creative therapies. With the DMT for Change Summit, we plan to bring together leaders in the field of DMT and other creative art therapies,to acknowledge,explore and share the immense potential and transformative power of DMT and to celebrate the efforts of those who utilize Dance Movement Therapy and other art therapies as a tool for healing,development and empowerment.
Kolkata Sanved uses Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) to provide an alternative approach to the recovery, healing and psychosocial rehabilitation of survivors of trafficking and sexual violence. Working with survivors and other severely marginalized communities, Kolkata Sanved is establishing itself as a Centre of Excellence in South Asia. 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. The study result has already been shared through a consultation meeting at Mumbai on February 22nd 2016 and for the West Bengal a State level Consultation would be conducted during May, 2016 to share on the findings.This whole process would be winded up by a final certification ceremony for the participants which is going to be held on 11th and 12th of April, 2016 in Mumbai and same with the Sukanya home participants and alsothe Deonar home residents through Khula Aasman,in May,2016
Kolkata Sanved in collaboration with Rescue Foundation with the support from Kamonohashi Japan & IJM Mumbai are now organizing a “Impact Assessment Consultation meeting on 22nd February at Mumbai. This collaboration with the support of Kamonohashi, Japan and International Justice Mission, Mumbai has already resulted in a scientific analysis 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.
Kolkata Sanved invited to perform at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Seminar at Bhubaneswar, Orissa. This year the Seminar focuses on disability and dealing with it: Approaches and Ideas and community based disability management.
Kolkata Sanved invited to present women empowerment through dance movement and other arts at Siliguri on 12th February at 5th TIP Conclave. Experience, Express and Commit is a collaborative initiative of Kolkata Sanved, Talitha Arts, and Blossomy, along with mural artist Mr. Joel, with the support of the American Center and Shakti Bahini.The evening program showcased four different arts - Mural, Dance & Movement, Music, and Audio-Visual - to engage the community and raise awareness about trafficking as well as express, understand, and feel Empowerment.The program will be hosted at the Siliguri Citi Center shopping mall. Shakti Vahini in collaboration with U.S. Consulate General Kolkata, hosted the Fifth Annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Conclave from February 12-13, 2016 in Siliguri, West Bengal at Hotel Montana Vista, Siliguri. Besides India the TIP Conclave participants were from Civil Society Organizations from Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Myanmaar.The theme of the two-day conclave is “Working Together to Combat Human Trafficking
On February 6th and 7th, Dance for Revolution will once again bring the youth of Kolkata together to rise against gender-based violence! Last year we launched our annual Dance for Revolution campaign along with One Billion Rising and Eve Ensler, the American playwright, performer, activist and author of the Vagina Monologues.This year, we join forces with Dr. Mallika Sarabhai, the renowned dancer, choreographer, publisher, writer and actor in a call to action to the youth of Kolkata to engage in the movement against gender violence.On February 6th, two seminars will be held with Dr. Sarabhai in collaboration with the School of Women’s Studies at Jadavpur University and with SWAR, the gender cell at St. Xavier’s College. The beats of Pandit Tanmoy Bose’s drumming ensemble will bring us to our feet at each seminar as we dance, drum and rise toward a world free of violence. We invite you to join us on February 7th, when Dr. Sarabhai will present the dance theater production, SVA Kranti:The Revolution Within on violence against women. This is our call to action: move with us against violence and discrimination and dance for revolution!
Kolkata Sanved and Center for Lifelong Learning,TISS mumbai Academy are able to bring international faculty Dr. rer. medic.Marianne Eberhard-Kaechele from Germany to teach a module of the Dance Movement Therapy Course .We are very happy that from this year we are able to bring International Faculty to teach an 8 day course in both Mumbai and Kolkata.This course includes the theory and approach of western Dance Movement Therapy and an experiential process with special focus with Trauma.We want to thank Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai for their support.
Kolkata Sanved is excited to have Bonnie Bernstein for her 8th year to provide Advance Dance Movement Therapy Training. She will be conducting total 23 days 161 hours of DMT curriculum with 30 participants from Kolkata and Coochbehar. We thank Bonnie Bernstein for her generous contribution to Kolkata Sanved. Bonnie Bernstein is a Family Therapist and dance/movement therapist with 40 years of experience. She is a professor at Kennedy University and Director of Center For Movement Education and Research in California. Since 2008 she has come to Kolkata one month each year to work with Kolkata Sanved: Empowering Lives Through Dance. Bonnie is an activist for social change and has great admiration for the many wonderful people and organizations that support the Kolkata community.
We are very happy to share with you that on 28th November 2015 Kolkata Sanved will be showcased at TISS Mumbai. This summit organised by TISS, The Banyan, Movement for Global Mental Health and Public Health Foundation of India. The presentation will include process demonstration, sharing change stories along with a 20 minute performance. On the same day Sanved will be showcased at the international Dance Movement Therapy conference at Bangalore organised by CMTAI. The presentation will include 2 hours process about Sanved DMT for change model through lecture & experiential. We wanted to thank TISS and CMTAI for giving us the opportunity to share our model with global community.
"I believe so much talent lies where opportunity is absent.With this we wish to welcome people who have suffered and offer them not only careers in the arts but a language to sublimate suffering" Dr. Mallika Sarabhai Dancing maestro, Dr. Mallika Sarabhai has joined hands with Kolkata Sanved to create livelihood opportunities through dance for survivors of violence, abuse and exploitation. One leading Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) practitioner, Mehraj Khatoon and one trainee Mukesh Mani have been offered one-year scholarship along with two years employment opportunity by Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, Ahmedabad. Both budding artists left for Ahmedabad to kick-start their fledging career. Both graduated from Training of Trainer programme offered by Kolkata Sanved Mehraj is further determined to run her own DMT unit from Ahmedabad and shares, “I am a senior DMT practitioner of Kolkata Sanved. I feel very proud that I am able to fulfill my dream through Sanved using DMT to bring change in other people’s lives. My new journey begins from today as I just arrived in Ahmedabad a few hours back. I can’t believe that I am at Darpana and will work here. I am into another vision of life.” Mukesh on the other hand confesses that it is a dream too good to turn true especially coming from an underprivileged background and shares, “I am very happy that I am able to make it happen. I just started my career with Sanved in the last one year. I grew up in Mukti Rehabilitation centre. I can’t explain it through words as I it has been my childhood dream to become a dancer. But I always thought that it’s difficult to see a dream become reality for poor people. But I learnt through DMT to envision life in my own terms and it has helped me to find a new direction in life.” This collaboration opens doors for the reintegration of survivors into the mainstream world of performing arts.We congratulate Mehraj and Mukesh and applaud Dr. Sarabhai for believing in the process of social transformation through dance.
Kolkata Sanved is partnering with HELP and Terre des homes Foundation (Tdh) to conduct workshops in Dance Movement Therapy, which will work as a complementary element of rehabilitation for the affected children of the HUDHUD Cyclone. DMT practitioners from Kolkata Sanved will be in Vizag from the 11th – 19th May to support, contribute and be a part of the relief and rehabilitation project titled “Toofan – Cyclone Hudhud – Immediate relief, repair and safety of the Child Care Institutions (CCIs)” in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana State.
On the 29th of April, Kolkata Sanved’s founder director Sohini Chakraborty received the prestigious True Legends Award organized by 100 Pipers in association with The Telegraph. The award recognized Sohini’s outstanding work with Kolkata Sanved and was held at Calcutta Cricket & Football Club (CCFC). The day of the event marked a day of celebration, achievement and motivation to continue to work for change by saving lives through dance!
April 29th marks Kolkata Sanved’s Foundation Day! 11 years ago,five young dancers teamed up with Sohini Chakraborty to build an organization that would grow to pioneer the use of Dance Movement Therapy for the psychosocial rehabilitation of survivors of trafficking and violence not only across South Asia but globally.Since 2004,our programs have helped to heal and empower thousands of youth and individuals while bringing much attention to the need for mental,emotional,and physical wellbeing for survivors of violence and sexual trauma.We will celebrate our 11th Foundation Day with a grand reunion,brining together many who have engaged with our programs over the years. Mr. Astad Deboo, well known for his use of dance within the social sector,will be presenting certificates to the students. He understands the power of creative movement and through work with diverse populations, has seen the healing potential of the arts for individual wellbeing. Mr. Deboo will present a poignant and motivating speech and piece of free movement that is sure to inspire. We will celebrate with much joy and dancing.To all of our supporters who have believed in us along our journey,we thank you and hope you are celebrating with us,wherever you are in the world!
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 25th April,2015.Astad Deboo,known for his use of dance within the social sector,will be presenting certificates to the students.The convocation is comprised of a seminar workshop on Dance Movement Therapy for Development and Change at TISS Mumbai from 10 am to 5 pm.We will celebrate the achievements of a group of passionate Dance Movement Therapy practitioners who will be using their skills to transform lives.To learn more about the TISS affiliated DMT certificate course and how you can train with us,please visit our homepage at www.kolkatasanved.org and www.tiss.edu. #TISS #ADTA #dancemovementtherapy #socialdevelopment
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. The participants of the program will present their process of growth and journey over the year and we will celebrate their accomplishments with the presentation of certificates, dance and other creative activities.
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.The joint presentation is part of 12 days of parallel events taking place from March 8th-20th which highlight the work being done to further women’s rights by innovative non-profit organizations from all corners of the globe. Kolkata Sanved and Jeevika Development Society will present the context of women’s rights and obstacles to access in West Bengal, stories of change from their respective organizations and the power of the body and voice in the ongoing struggle for women's empowerment.Their parallel event titled,Breaking Boundaries,Building Lives will be held at 12:30 pm -2p.m. on March 17th. Learn more about the parallel events here: http://www.ngocsw.org
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.The event will include a dance presentation by the Dance Movement Therapy Practitioners of Kolkata Sanved in Mumbai;their piece will be a rendering from SOLD,the acclaimed book by Patricia McCormick.
The Kolkata Sanved Team is travelling to Chennai this week to learn from the work of three inspired organizations.We will be visiting The Banyan,a non-profit organization promoting wellbeing,human rights and care for individuals living with mental illness.We will also be visiting Spaces,a multi-arts organization founded by the late Chandra Lekha who's groundbreaking work combining dance and feminism continues to influence artists nationally and globally.Last but not least our team will be spending some time with the Nalanda Way Foundation,an NGO that shares our belief in the creative potential of all children.The Foundation works with children in the poorest districts across India,helping them speak up and out through theater,visual arts,music,radio,film, and dance.We have been inspired by the diverse work of these excellent organizations promoting art in India and are excited to learn from their practices and approach.
From Monday,February 22nd through Wednesday,February 24th,Kolkata Sanved is pleased to host three day conference event in collaboration with Jawaharlal Nehru University of India and Warwick University of the UK. During the three day event, we will explore embodied empowerment; how interventions aiming to empower survivors of trafficking and violence through the kinesthetic processes of dance, movement, and dance movement therapy can be robust in theory and effective in practice. We will hear from dance movement therapy practitioners as they share.... through dance and DMT. A presentation from JNU and Warwick will shed light on research in various countries, communities, and focus groups to expand an understanding of embodied empowerment through ideas and research findings. The event will conclude with a roundtable conference that will explore how similar empowering experiences work in the context of other local organizations aiding young survivors of violence as well as how theory and practice can support one another in the effort to empower individuals and work against trafficking and violence.
On December 18th,to mark Nirbhaya day,Kolkata Sanved in collaboration with American Centre and St. Xavier's College will team up with Eve Ensler, the renowned American playwright, performer, feminist and activist best known for her play, the Vagina Monologues, as well as the anti-violence against women campaign, One Billion Rising. Together we will stage an inspirational performance showcasing the power of dance and movement to amplify the voices of anti-gender based violence activists in India. This year’s inaugural performance will bring together over 100 youth residing in and around Kolkata who have found freedom in dance through the Kolkata Sanved program.Youth will rise together in an un-choreographed dance of freedom, making an internationally recognized statement against gender based violence which will be professionally filmed and distributed online. Then over 600 youth, supporters and artists from across the city will come together to dance and rise against violence and discrimination at St. Xavier's College. From this year forward,The Kolkata Sanved One Billion Rising performance will be an annual event highlighting the power of movement to change lives and to change the world. Kolkata Sanved, One Billion Rising, and Eve Ensler's visit to Kolkata are profiled in the Telegraph. http://www.telegraphindia.com/1141211/jsp/calcutta/story_3103.jsp#.VI8L82SUdLY Kolkata Sanved was also featured on the One Billion Rising blog. http://www.onebillionrising.org/13316/dance-revolution-kolkata-sanved-one-billion-rising-kolkata-india-sohini-chakraborty/
Kolkata Sanved is excited to have Bonnie Bernstein for her seventh year to provide Advance DMT Training.She will be conducting total 17 days 119 hours of DMT curriculam with 18 practitioners and 11 trainees of Kolkata Sanved.We thank Bonnie Bernstein for her generous contribution to Kolkata Sanved.
Kolkata Sanved partnering with HASUS,Lakhikanthpur - to implement 'Restoring Smiles Through Dance'Program with Survivors of Trafficking
Kolkata Sanved will be performing at the Bishop's College Music Festival,Kolkata on 15th November 2014 from 6:25pm to 7pm.
Kolkata Sanved cordially invites you to celebrate this year's children's day festival.The event will feature a welcome speech by our chief guest,Dr.Shashi Panja,Honourable Minister-in-charge Department of Women and Child Welfare,West Bengal.Time : 3pm to 5pm.Venue : Children's Little Theater,Aban Mahal,Dhakuria.
On October 14th, Kolkata Sanved will initiate a new partnership with Scottish Dance Theatre,organized by the British Council, Kolkata.The two organizations will work together from the 14th through the 20th of this month,holding daily collaborative workshops based on sharing the diverse knowledge and experiences of each group.Workshops which will include diverse movement,choreography,and field visits to Kolkata Sanved partner organizations and Dance Movement Therapy sessions.Together the two unique organizations will develop a curriculum which combines the dance forms of Kolkata Sanved and Scottish Dance Theatre.The curriculum will be presented to the entirety of both organizations on the afternoon of Monday,October 20th in a celebration of dance,diversity,and social change through movement.
Hofesh Schechter Dance Company will be visiting Kolkata Sanved on 13th September, 2014. Five dancers will conduct a four hour workshop with the Kolkata Sanved Dancers. Hofesh Schecter is performing “Political Mother” at Kalamandir in Kolkata on 14th September
• Morning – Flight to Freedom Performance at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Kolkata Sanved had a spectacular performance at Jadavpur University, Kolkata in partnership with Pandit Tanmoy Bose and the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad South Asian Study program. The performance was hosted by The School for International Relations during their Scholastic Conclave event at the University. • Afternoon- in Salt Lake Sector 5, Sanved initiated a dialogue and discussion with India Power Company employees to ensure violence free work environments for women. • In the evening- Sanved celebrateed the power of dance with 25 young Dance Movement Therapy and Creative Therapy Practitioners.
Kolkata Sanved Founder Director, Sohini Chakraborty was invited to the Vital Voices Global Leadership programme which included a peer to peer exchange.This meeting was for leaders providing creative and sustainable solutions to pressing problems that have impede the full participation of women and girls in society and the economy.The exchange also ncluded leaders from India, Pakistan, Kenya and Nepal.The program in Nepal consisted of a diverse set of programming opportunities including Vital Voices staff-led technical trainings, facilitated dialogues, Fellow-led workshops and trainings, a site visit, networking and more.
Twelve dancers of Kolkata Sanved performed in a fantastic show.Kolkata Sanved was invited to perform by a city-based engineers’ association seeking to raise awareness of culture to more people in Kokata.
Kolkata Sanved is pleased to inform you that the 2014-2015 DMT Academy Certificate Course in collaboration with CLL- TISS, Mumbai started with full gusto on the 1st of July in Mumbai and on the 1st of August in Kolkata.Our current participants hail from a number of backgrounds including dance, finance, entrepreneurship as well as the corporate, mental health, and health fields.Participants want to incorporate DMT into their present work and life.We welcome our new batch of DMT Academy participants and look forward to a fun filled year of learning.
Kolkata Sanved congratulates the DMT Academic Batch of 2013-2014 for successfully completing the eight month DMT Academic Certificate Course.This was the first batch of the DMT Academic Certificate Course in collaboration with TISS, Mumbai, and we are proud to inform you that all six participants have passed the course with flying colours.We wish you smooth sailing into your future and a warm welcome to the world of DMT!
Kolkata Sanved and Centre for Lifelong Learning Tata Institute of Social Sciences,Mumbai are happy to announce a comprehensive certificate course in Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) which will commence from 5th July,2014 in Mumbai and 1st August,2014 in Kolkata.The 500hour course that spans across 8 months also includes 180 hours of field practice.For any further details in Kolkata,please contact Kolkata Sanved on +91-33-24236119 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.For any further details in Mumbai,please contact Centre for Lifelong Learning,Tata Institute of Social Sciences,MumbaiEmail:email@example.com (Tel : 22-25525682)
Kolkata Sanved will be featured at the conference by Kamonohashi Japan for Centre of Excellence.For more detail visit http://www.avpn2014.com/investment-showcase/
Kolkata Sanved has been received GFC’s 2014 Global Catalyst Award on 6th May 2014 at New York city.The 2014 Global Catalyst Awards given to six outstanding GFC grantee partners who are making a lasting impact on children in their communities.The theme of this event is Local is Lasting,celebrating the transformation organizations who are making possible in the lives of children around the world.You can learn more about the programme by visiting www.globalfundforchildren.org/gala
With conviction in heart,ideas in mind and zeal to succeed,Kolkata Sanved started walking on its path in 2004 to transform the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalized through Dance Movement Therapy (DMT).The organization has come a long way since then.It has reached out to thousands of children, young people and adults;provided leadership and livelihood opportunities to many and established itself as a pioneer and leader in implementing DMT for healing,recovery and social transformation.This journey would not have been possible without the Survivors and Leaders who have been our inspiration,our resource and fortitude.Kolkata Sanved will bring together all DMT trainers and Participants who have undergone the DMT process over the last 10 years.Our donors and funders;partner organizations;artists,well-wishers,Government stakeholders have been an important part for implementing our vision.Without their support we would not have come this far.They have been with us for 10 years,now we want you to help us Look Ahead in the Future.
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. This is a collaboration between U.S based non profit Blossomy, who invited Brooke Shaden US based fine art photographer to work with Kolkata Sanved. The nature of Brooke’s photography is both surreal and whimsical but is also a heavily planned affair that comes from wanting to tell stories.The members of Kolkata Sanved who participated in the workshop have experienced personal flight through dance in their challenge to overcome the utter grounding of being survivor. In this workshop, along with the camera as a device for expression, they not only answered the question, “If I Could Fly”, they were able to soar.
Dance Movement Therapy Workshop for Care Givers: GAAT W- International Secretariat Kolkata Sanved ASIA Initiative 16th Feb-26th Feb Bangkok: 7 countries 20 care providers from 17 anti-trafficking organisations will be joining this programme. This entire programme will includes training, follow up, supervision after workshop during implementation.
Training of Trainer 21st-31st August 2013 Kolkata Sanved develops a specialized Anti-Trafficking Dance Movement Therapy module to work with trafficking survivors. To make it successful Kolkata Sanved launch its Training of Trainers programme in the month of August 2013 in Mumbai. The training will capacitate the selected trainees to implement Restoring Smiles Through dance programme in Mumbai. After completion the training 12 practitioners from 5 anti trafficking organizations will implement this specialized methodology.
Kolkata Sanved is officially launching its "Saving Lives Through Dance" programme in Mumbai on 19th July 2013. Partnering with Save The Children India, Mumbai, Kolkata Sanved has created a truly innovative Anti-Trafficking programme based on our published research report: “Restoring Smiles Through Dance.” The official launch event is a Stakeholders meeting in Mumbai on 19th July to introduce Kolkata Sanved. The entire programme supported by Kamonohashi,Japan.
Kolkata Sanved and Center for Lifelong Learning, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai are proud to announce a comprehensive 500 hours certificate course on Dance Movement Therapy, which will commence from August 2013 in Kolkata. The course spans across 8 months including 180 hours of field practice and internship.
Kolkata Sanved has been selected for the “Tata Tea Jaago Re #Tweet4Change“ national campaign along with other 5 national NGOs towards women safety. This campaign increased the awareness of Kolkata Sanved’s work to bring innovative solution at the national level.
It’s been a Journey of hardships and happiness, of tears and Joys, but above all of triumphs - Kolkata Sanved. This year we celebrate the day with our partners through a partner meet at Kolkata Sanved office.
Kolkata Sanved is invited by the Global Fund For Children to speak in a seminar along with dance performance which is a gala event for Donors at Lincoln’s Inn London.
Sohini Chakraborty was invited to the US of A for International Women’s Week organized by Vital Voices. This visit included joining other members of Global Leadership Network in a series of public discussions and small group meetings to speak on Violence against women.
Kolkata Sanved Director Sohini Chakraborty was selected as Mentee of ‘The Global Ambassadors Program. Global Ambassadors Program in India consists of two conferences (held in Delhi and Mumbai) and an intensive and innovative mentorship initiative for Global Ambassadors and mentees. The program was centered on the theme of “Women’s Advancement in India’s Growing Economy,” and will underscore the critical function that women in India can and must play in moving the nation forward economically and highlight the role of women as drivers of innovation and economic growth.
Kolkata Sanved was invited for Vital Voices Global Partnership Network at Capetown, South Africa. The programme was a 3-day working conference and leadership forum in addition to an opportunity to connect with fellow members of GLN to develop new relationships and leverage existing ones.
Deputy Asst Secretary James Moore, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, US Consulate general Dean Thompson visited Kolkata Sanved on November 8 to see the impact of Kolkata Sanved programme as well as to meet other NGOs who are working in Anti Trafficking. The whole meeting was a joint organization by Kolkata Sanved and American Center. Kolkata Sanved staff conducted DMT session, shared their journey and the programme ended with a short performance.
Three Round Table Meeting were organized by Kolkata Sanved and supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation with the Department of Social Welfare, Government of West Bengal, Non Governmental Organizations and various stakeholders.15th March 2013 - Shilayan home, Murshidabad, 15th December 2012 - Lansdown Hall, Coochbehar, 25th September 2012 - Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
Kolkata Sanved members participated and conducted a session on after care and rehabilitation in the conclave. The full day conclave organised by American Centre and US Consulate.
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. She has contributed professional training and therapy in Western methods of Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) for our core group of Sanved Senior and Junior trainers and also for our Training Of Trainers program. From 2008-2013 she has contributed close to 600 hours of training and therapy to the Sanved program. Experiences with Professor Bernstein have enhanced the capacity of the Sanved trainers, providing invaluable personal growth and skill for work within our Kolkata community. December 2013: 90 hours, December 2012: 96 hours, December 2011: 112 hours, December 2010: 86 hours, December 2009: 110 hours, December 2008: 90 hours
A Kolkata Sanved Initiative in Collaboration with Praajak, Supported by India Foundation for the Arts.We want to capture the daily life experience of the children, which is full of rhythm and movement in the Platform Beat. We took 1 full year to nurture this idea and take the very first step. But the question always remained where is the child in the entire platform beat and how creatively we can connect with it? Finally the Platform Beat programme evolved where the platform life is the artistic stage and the children are artists themselves, the synergy between the two thoughts gave rise to Platform Beat.
On the occasion of Children’s Day, 2013, Kolkata Sanved celebrated childhood in collaboration with American Center, Kolkata and the Department of Women and Child Development and Directorate Social Welfare, Government of West Bengal on 12th November 2013 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm at Lincoln Room, American Center. Ms.Helen LaFave, U.S.Council General and Dr.Sashi Panja, Parliamentary Secretary, Government of West Bengal, Member of West Bengal Legislative Assembly inaugurated the programme. Eight partner NGOs (All Bengal Women's Union, Apne Aap Women Worldwide, CINI, Dhrubashram, Hamari Muskan, Mukti, Newlight, OFFER) across Kolkata participated in this celebration. Children-in-Conflict with Law (CCLs) residing at Dhrubashram, Ariadaha participated in this programme for the first time. Anonder Shoishab.
To celebrate the International Women week Capgeminy invited Kolkata Sanved to host a one-day workshop with their Women Council named “Winspire” which constantly strives to work with diversity and in making their workplace the best for women employees.
It’s been a Global Shake to end violence and the medium was DANCE. 14th February 2013 was marked in a Global Strike to demand an end to violence. The whole campaign medium was “ DANCE” .We at Kolkata Sanved took an active part in this campaign with West Bengal One Billion Rising Network. Kolkata Sanved Dancers played a big role to lead a movement choir at “ SAHID MINAR” and PARK HOTEL with thousands of people along with women and men in Kolkata.
Famous Photographer Brooke Shaden conduct a workshop on photography with Kolkata Sanved members with the support of Blossomy. Her subjects are often portrayed as flying or floating and seem to defy gravity. This technique influenced the direction of the workshop as a device for telling a story, especially for the participants to tell their story. We did a creative exercises to access the tales that live inside the participants and are reflected in the images that are both taken of the participants and the images that the participants took of themselves.
Jeevika( an NGO that works for the promotion of women’s and girls’ rights across 47 villages in South 24 Parganas, West Bengal) invited Kolkata Sanved to perform at the carnival “Anande Konyakal:Celebrating Girlhood” and also invited to facilitate Dance Movement workshop between 3 pm and 5 pm with around 75 children. Also occured - January 2013 Dance Movement Therapy Workshop in Mumbai and 8th-12th January 2013, Mumbai with Arpan.
Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) workshop was designed with basic implementation of DMT and Kolkata Sanved process. This workshop was designed for organizations/individuals, students who are interested to incorporate DMT as a tool for their profession or social change. The main objective is to introduce Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) as an alternative form of therapy and a tool for psycho-social rehabilitation.
Kolkata Sanved was invited to conduct an orientation workshop with the post graduate students of JNU Delhi as well as conduct a group discussion about the use of DMT in anti trafficking with a panel of professors within and outside JNU.
Kolkata Sanved organised the Certificate Awarding Ceremony to celebrate the success of the academic course on Dance Movement Therapy of Batch 2012 on 2nd January 2013 at The Kolkata Sanved Office.
On the occasion of Children’s Day Kolkata Sanved was showcasing Hamari Muskaan Work – an anti-trafficking organization working within Boubazar red- light area for children to access their rights and dignity of life. Children of Hamari Muskaan along with other children were expressing themselves through dance, music, drums, recitation and evening ADDA at Kolkata Sanved Office from 4p.m.-6p.m.
Kolkata Sanved has been collaborating with Dr. Mallika Sarabhai at her performing arts academy, Darpana since 2010. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our trainees and every year we look forward to a mutually rewarding exchange of our processes of work in the field of dance for therapy and development. 11 trainees from Kolkata Sanved joined this year training programme.
It was for the first time that Kolkata Sanved video team was invited by the Video Volunteers, India Unheard organization for Social news workshop.The workshop was held in Raipur and was a 4 day workshop.
Kolkata Sanved inaugurateed the Kolkata Fusion Fiesta Festival on 8th February at Nicco Park. To create a new routes into arts and culture Pandit Tanmoy Bose with Celebrations International developing ground- breaking programme ‘KOLKATA FUSION FIESTA’ on 8th-10th February 2013. This festival also showcased Kolkata Sanved and speaks how culture can use innovatively to tackle the roots of anti-trafficking. This was the first ever initiative of International Fusion Festival in Eastern India.
Kolkata Sanved was associate partner of this National Seminar and was invited to showcase the whole programme along with performance. This was a 3 day National Seminar organized by Dance Alliance, India and School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University. This seminar brought together people from multidisciplinary background, and not necessarily dance scholars only, emphasizing critical scholarship/engagement through research, films and practice.
Kolkata Sanved members conducted a DMT session with 100 students for an Anti-Trafficking event hosted by the American Center. The Kolkata Sanved Dancers also inaugurated a dance performance involving audience to talk about anti-trafficking.
On the occasion of Violence against Women Fortnight Kolkata Sanved collaborated with Population First to highlight the Girl Child Campaign to stop the violence in India by addressing the core issues of discrimination against the girl child. It’s aim was to promote a positive image of the girl child through media and other communication activities.
On 13th sept 2012, Maitree (National Platform for violence against women) along with Parichiti, Jibika and Kolkata Sanved organized a demonstration and met at Dakhinapan to raise their voice against violence against women especially focusing on the recent rape cases in Kolkata city that are on the rise. Four of our Kolkata Sanved performers presented a powerful performance on the stand of women in today’s day and age.
Kolkata Sanved was invited to perform on the launch of GNEWS TAB on 7th September 2012 at Swabhumi. Good News Tab felicitates Kolkata Sanved in their programme for extraordinary work in development sector. GNEWS TAB is Kolkata based tabloid that tales of success that touch lives and make a difference but are usually lost in the cacophony of breaking news. Our communication campaign speaks about how reading such a tabloid will help people DETOX THEIR MIND after reading stories filled with violence, crime, despair, disaster.
Kolkata Sanved was highly showcased during the Secretarial visit of United States, Ms. Hillary Clinton to Kolkata, West Bengal. 10 members from Kolkata Sanved inaugurated the occasion with their performance and even gave a demonstration of Kolkata Sanved DMT process. Mrs. Clinton was greatly moved by the performance and interacted with the girls individually and congratulated them. The event received cover extensively by the electronic and print media.
We want to capture this daily life experience of the children which is full of rhythm and movement in the PLATFORM BEAT. Finally the PLATFORM BEAT programme evolved where the platform life is the artistic stage and the children are artists themselves, the synergy between the two thoughts gave rise to PLATFORM BEAT. Magic was created on the platform during the performances. The whole programme supported by India Foundation For The Arts.
14th October 2012, New Jalpaiguri Railway Platform with Praajak
19th August 2012, Asansole Railway Platform with Praajak
11th July, 2012 Sealdah Railway Platform with CINI
23rd February 2012, Sealdah Railway Platform with CINI
Kolkata Sanved’s international creative initiative Transforming Steps unites Living Lens U.K, Sadler’s Wells U.K., Jasmine 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.
26th April 2012 at Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Kolkata
22nd, 23rd and 27th March 2012 The creative initiative was show-cased first at Sadler’s Wells, U.K. in March 2012 with 3 performances.
On December 22nd, Sanved dancers collaborated with the famous musicians Tanmoy Bose and Blossomy in staging a performance entitled, Restoration of Innocence at the Rajarhat City Center in Kolkata. The served as the culmination of a workshop bringing training in dance and music to the survivors of trafficking and gender based violence.
From November 25 through December 10, Kolkata Sanved helped to promote the Fortnight to End Violence Against Women by staging awareness raising performances across Kolkata. In collaboration with Parichiti, a women’s rights organization, our dancers brought awareness to women’s issues to the general public on railway platforms and in local communities. See a few photos from the events on our facebook page.
On November 26, Kolkata Sanved staged a performance in collaboration with Sanchari Kalakendra, an organization propagating the culture and legacy of Rabindranath Tagore, to celebrate the visionary’s dedication to the arts and to humanity. See backstage photos from the event on facebook.
In celebration of Children’s Day on November 14th, Kolkata Sanved staged a grand performance at Max Meuller Bhavan in Kolkata. Hundreds of children who are engaged in our dance movement therapy programs at partner organizations in Kolkata showcased their skills on stage in celebration of children’s rights.
The presentation talks about understanding Tagore in our everyday lives. Understanding which illuminates our consciousness. Glorifies our self and its revelation. This inner light guides our thoughts and actions.
Kolkata Sanved was invited by Worlds Leading Dance Company Sadlers Wells to speak at their Seminar Changing Young Lives through Dance on 24th March 2011 London. The other two speakers were David Alan Harris Global Wellbeing, USA, Hannah Stevens Epic Arts Cambodia. For more information visit their website.
Kolkata Sanved's Founder Director Sohini Chakraborty received the prestigious THE DVF Award 2011. The Awarding ceremony took place at United Nations, New York on 11th March 2011 at the Women in the World Summit.
The DVF Awards was created by Diane von Furstenberg and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to recognize and support women who are using their resources, commitment and visibility to transform the lives of other women. These are women who have had the courage to fight, the power to survive and the leadership to inspire.
At Max Muller Bhavan Kolkata 3p.m.-6p.m.-Kolkata Sanved celebrated the children's day. 120 children participated at the occasion with their own creation Programme which was graced by Tanuree Shankar.
Kolkata Sanved core programme " SAVING LIVES THROUGH DANCE" showcased at the Beyond Sport 2010 event at Chicago 27th-30th October 2010.
According to Beyond Sport "Saving Lives Through Dance have created a curriculum that is of such quality that it can and has been shared with by partners around the world.
Kolkata Sanved was invited to lead a workshop and perform at GAATW-IS (Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women International Secretariat) International Conference 6-7th July 2010 at Bangkok, Thailand.
Kolkata Sanved was invited to conduct an interactive performance at a 3 day national strategic planning meet named Manthan organized by Sanjog and Groupe Developpment held in Kolkata on 17th June 2010.
Kolkata Sanved has performed during numerous occasions to promote its message to masses
On 29th April 2010 Kolkata Sanved in collaboration with Weavers Studio hosted its Fifth Foundation Day at Birla Academy at 6.30 P.M. Programme was graced by the presence of Dr. Mallika Sarabhai.
Kolkata Sanved is the First Runner up for Kubera-Edelweiss Social Innovation Honours 2009 for Employability Category.
Kolkata Sanved won a spot on the Prestigious SHORTLIST for the BEYOND SPORT AWARD 2009 in the best project for health category and was invited to LONDON for their event "The Beyond Sport Global Summit and Awards on July 7-9 2009" (www.beyondsport.org).
We have been invited to perform at Global Consultation on Combating Human Trafficking at India Habitat Center in New Delhi, on 7th and 8th March 2009. Performance Theme: Empowering Women to Combat Human Trafficking: meeting challenges and creating change. Organized by Council for World Mission.
Dance / Movement Therapy: Theory & Practice - 90 Hours Curriculum Instructor: Bonnie Bernstein, M.Ed, MFT, ADTR
Invited to speak on their 5th Annual International Conference on "Language(s) of Theater" held from 28th - 30th January 2009. Organized by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Indian Society for Theatre Research. Theme was: Power of Body Language through Dance and Movement.
Kolkata Sanved and World Dance Alliance (West Bengal) in collaboration with Eastern Zonal Culturul Center (EZCC) celebrated the power of dance with Dance in Outreach focusing on the possible roles of dance as advocacy and how it can and does make a difference to so many lives, especially bringing change in the lives of special children, victim of violence, mentally challenge and children from the disadvantaged strata of society. The programme was inaugurated by Amala Shankar.
Over 101 children and young adults from diverse backgrounds participated in the performance, helping to spread the powerful message of dance. The celebration included works by Kolkata Sanved's own Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) trainers with children from their regular DMT classes at All Bengal Women's Union , APNE AAP Women Worldwide , Nirman and Newlight. A short documentary on one of the DMT trainer's work with mental health patients at Lumbini Park Mental Hospital was also presented.
Sri Gopal Krishna Gandhi, the Governor of West Bengal formally launched Kolkata Sanved's Programme "Saving Lives Through Dance" on March 30, 2007. Through this event, we reached out to the public regarding the Process of Dance Movement Therapy along with the development of the Core Trainers. The trainers played a major role in the whole programme and participated in meetings and networking for the event.
Sohini Chakraborty was invited on behalf of Kolkata Sanved to speak on using Dance Movement as mental health in human rights perspectives at the Regional High Level consultation at Kathmandu, Nepal (22-24th May 2006), organised by UNIFEM & UNDP.
Invited to the London House of Commons and Wales for dance performance, advocacy, and workshop in 2004. Organised by Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council, Christian-Aid, Urdd Gobaith Cymru and Sanlaap.
Represented India for the first time with an invitation from the American Dance Therapy Association to attend the International Dance Therapy Conference held 7-10th October, 2004 in New Orleans and 10-15th October in Washington DC. This programme was supported by the US State Department of Trafficking in Persons.
16th, 5th Nov. 2005, Nashville and Washington DC , Speaker of the International Panel of Dance Therapy conference. programme supported by Alyse Nelson Bloom, Vital Voices and Georgetown University.
2004 International Campaign to stop violence against women and girls for Kolkata-Bangladesh exchange programme.
World Dance Alliance - West Bengal in association with Oxford Bookstore presented Dance Today - Tradition and Transition, 29th May 2005
World Dance Day, 2006 - 29th April at Rabindra Sadan organised by World Dance Alliance, West Bengal Dance Group Federation, EZCC and Rajya Sangeet Natak Academy
Seventh National Conference of Women's Movement 2006 - Inaugural performance 9th September, Kolkata-Saltlake Stadium
Performance at Rabindra Sadan on May 9, 2008 for Amrita.
Performance at Rabindra Okakura Bhavan, Saltlake June 8, 2008 for Sribhumi Jighisa
Beti Bachao Andolan - Anti-trafficking Seminar - March 27, 2008
West Bengal State Aids Control Society (WBSACS) - March 28, 2008
Performance at Subhasgram organized by Antarango on May 15, 2008
Health Vision - December 1, 2007
Parichiti - November 28, 2007
Max Mueller Bhavan - November 16, 2007
Banchbo - October 1, 2007
SEOMP - September 14, 2007
Sambhabana - June 7, 2007
"Breakthrough": 31st October-3rd November 2009, Villa la Pietra, Florence, Italy. This was a part of Overcoming the Obstacles to Equality, Development and Peace, hosted by Vital Voices Global Partnership. The conference marked a Global Working Session to commemorate the 15-year anniversary of the UN Fourth World Conference on Women.
Discussion on trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of minors, organized by Health Vision: 18th November 2009, Kolkata, India.
"The Grassroots Girls Initiative: Knowledge Exchange Meeting": 18th-20th November 2009, New Delhi, India. This was organized by GFC.
"Courage to Lead": 8th-10th December 2009, Geneva, Switzerland. This was a part of the Global Summit on Women and Human Rights.
May 2-5 2008
Women as leaders of Change: Global Leadership Meeting in White Oak, Florida, USA: Sohini Chakraborty was selected from India to attend this conference organized by the Global Leadership project, Vital Voices
October 9 2007 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
Sohini Chakraborty was invited on behalf of Kolkata Sanved to speak at UNGIFT Conference on the Role of Dance and Movement Therapy in Anti Trafficking organized by UNODC.
October 27 - 30 2007
Sohini Chakraborty, on behalf of Kolkata Sanved, was invited to represent South Asia at the International Dance Therapy Conference organized by the American Dance Therapy Association in Brooklyn, New York. Paper presented-Using Dance/Movement with children in South Asia.
June 7 -10 2007
Singapore Joint Representation:
In search of a Path: India's Dance in Therapy for Survivors of Trafficking. The paper was jointly presented with Dr. Urmimala Sarkar with the invitation of World Dance Alliance-Asia Pacific.
March 24 2008 at Anita Banerjee Memorial Hall, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
Sohini Chakraborty on behalf of Kolkata Sanved was invited to attend a joint workshop on Domestic Workers in Kolkata, conducted by the School of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University and Parichiti.
March 24 2008 at Rotary Sadan, Kolkata
Sohini Chakraborty on behalf of Kolkata Sanved was invited by the Association for Women with Disability, Kolkata and Healthlink Worldwide, London to attend the Release of the Baseline Survey Report and Inauguration of the Regional Leadership Training Programme of Women with Disabilities.7
Round Table Discussion: February 15, 2008 in Kolkata, Kolkata Sanved organized a round table discussion on Using Dance and Movement Therapy in working against trafficking and Sexual Exploitation at the American Center in Kolkata, facilitated by Mr. Roop Sen. The discussion focused on:
Technical differences between Dance and Dance Movement Therapy-Definition and impact.
Acceptance of Dance Movement Therapy in rural set-up
DMT as a career option/alternative livelihood