Breaking Barriers with Dance Movement Therapy: Kolkata Sanved’s Journey of Healing Activism with Model Sampoornata

November 14, 2023 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Michigan League, Hussey Room, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Please note that the room has been changed to the Hussey Room, Michigan League.


Sohini Chakraborty, Ph.D. | Mullin Welch Lecture 2023


We are pleased to introduce Dr. Sohini Chakraborty to the U-M community on November 14 at 4:00pm when she joins us in person at the Michigan League, Hussey Room to share her story and her work.

Dr. Sohini Chakraborty, a sociologist and dance activist, is the founder of Kolkata Sanved and was featured in the 2017 documentary Little Stones by filmmaker and former CEW+ Twink Frey Visiting Social Activist Sophia Kruz.

Dr. Chakraborty’s decades-long pursuit of helping empower and reintegrate survivors of gender-based violence and at-risk children through the Sanpoornata approach to dance movement therapy by creating a grassroots network is the focus of her new book Dance Movement Therapy and Psycho-social Rehabilitation: The Sampoornata Model.

Dr. Chakroborty was selected as the 2023 CEW+ Mullin Welch Endowed Lecture scholar because her life, scholarship, and activism show creativity, strength of character, and expansive vision. These qualities are shared with Elizabeth Mullin Welch for whom the lecture is named.

Dr. Sohini Chakraborty, an Ashoka fellow, sociologist, dance activist, and dance movement therapist, is the founder/director of Kolkata Sanved. A pioneer of Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) in India and South Asia, she created a pool of DMT practitioners from the grassroots level, including survivors, and envisioned and created the Sampoornata Model. She is one of 100 global women leaders recognized by Vital Voices. Her writing has been published in more than 20 national and international journals and books. Sohini was instrumental in launching one of the country’s first Diploma DMT programmes in 2012 with the Center for Lifelong Learning, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has received multiple national and international awards for her innovation, leadership, outstanding achievement, and inspiration.


Ann Arbor’s family-owned independent bookshop Booksweet is offering 20% off Chakraborty’s book, Dance Movement Therapy and Psycho-Social Rehabilitation: The Sampoornata Model, for all web orders placed by Monday, November 6 at 11:59 pm with the promo code CEW+.


The CEW+ Mullin Welch Series was established in 1989 by Frances Daseler and Marjorie Jackson in memory of their sister Elizabeth Charlotte Mullin Welch. This fund brings to campus outstanding women who exemplify Elizabeth’s characteristics: creativity, strength of character, and expansive vision.