Sohini Chakraborty

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Founder Director, Kolkata Sanved

Sohini Chakraborty is an Ashoka Fellow, a PHD scholar, a sociologist, a dance activist, and the Founder Director of Kolkata Sanved. Sohini uses dance andmovement as an alternative tool for therapy , recovery, rehabilitation and self expression for mainstreaming survivors of trafficking and violence.  She received the prestigious ‘The Dian Von FurstenbergAward’(DVF) in 2011 for transforming the lives of other women.  

Sohini began the search for a synthesis of performing art and activism when she was a student of Sociology at the Calcutta University. Emerging from a rich background in the performing arts, Sohini fused her years of training in Navanritya,  Bhartnatyam, contemporary dance, dance therapy, other dance forms and theatre with her academic career of sociological research to create Kolkata Sanved. The success of Sohini’s work led to the establishment ofKolkata Sanved on April 29th, 2004. The organization is establishing itself as a center of excellence in the field of dance therapy in South Asia. Under Sohini's leadership, Kolkata Sanved received the Beyond Sport Award in 2009 for “ Best Project for Health” and was recently awarded the Global Fund for Children's Catalyst Award.