Global Development Opportunities for Leaders Working in Arts, Screen, and Creative Sectors

ICE Archive: 2011/2012 – Kolkata

Weaver’s Studio

Having been in the field of textiles since the past 17 years, Weavers Studio has established its position by setting up hand-block printing, handloom, hand embroidery units in the vicinity of Kolkata employing 250 plus craftspersons directly and many more indirectly. With a design repertoire consisting of more than 20,000 wooden blocks, 1000 textile reference books, 500 old and rare textiles from India and abroad and an R & D team that has worked on a variety of topics in a range of countries, Weavers Studio offers diverse options of surface decorations and embellishments.

Weavers Studio brings out the richness of traditional textiles and weaves which showcase the vivid Indian design to contemporary silhouettes and handcrafted wearable textiles. They have had a market presence in India for more than a decade and an international presence for more than five years.

Kolkata Sanved

Kolkata Sanved was founded in 2004 by Ashoka Fellow Sohini Chakraborty, a sociologist and dance activist.

In 1996 Sohini started a dance project within Sneha (a shelter and care home for trafficked women and girls run by Sanlaap) as a volunteer. For twelve years Sohini experimented with breaking the barriers of traditional dance.

This experiment proved that body movement, when used sensitively, could become a powerful tool for rehabilitation and advocacy. This tool transforms young victims of sexual abuse from being a “rehabilitative victim” to a “proactive advocate” – someone who has made peace within her violated soul and is now ready to voice her concerns through physical movement.

The success of Sohini’s work led to the establishment of Kolkata Sanved in 2004 with five founder members who are residents of Sneha. Members communicate in workshops and performances on the issues of trafficking, violence against women, and child exploitation through the intimate and powerful medium of dance.

Today Kolkata Sanved has expanded its program to work in rural and urban India, Bangladesh and Nepal to establish dance movement as an alternative approach to recovery and healing for the psychosocial rehabilitation of victims of violence and trafficking, mental health patients, women and children suffering from HIV/AIDS, domestic workers, railway platform children and mainstream school children. Kolkata Sanved has performed and conducted workshops worldwide.

Howrah Pilot Project

An experiment in civic and grassroots action, for social and environmental justice, and metropolitan renewal in Calcutta. A long-term community action programme was initiated in Priya Manna Basti, in the Shibpur locality of Howrah. Talimi Haq School, a non-formal learning centre for children, was started in 1998. The school is run by community volunteers. The goal is to build leadership and capabilities for community uplift among disadvantaged youth. They welcome communication, linkage and collaboration.



Paul Fitzpatrick